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Richard Latin

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Professor
Lilly Hall Room 1-317

Current research efforts in the area of turfgrass pathology focus on the management of diseases on golf course, sports turf, and professional landscapes. Specific research projects include the following:

  • Factors that affect fungicide performance
  • Fungicide resistant pathogen strains
  • Epidemiology of dollar spot on creeping bentgrass
  • Weather-based systems for scheduling fungicide applications

The turfgrass pathology extension effort focuses on educational programs for professional turf managers. Part of the educational process involves field demonstrations that address the efficacy of various disease management practices. Another component involves formal educational presentations and workshops on turfgrass disease identification and control. The extension effort also involves turf disease diagnosis and the investigation of factors that contribute to disease outbreaks. The extension activities provide an educational opportunity for those of us in turf pathology, raising our awareness to the concerns of turf managers so that we may target our research accordingly. 

Awards & Honors

(2004) School of Agriculture Team Award. Purdue University School of Agriculture.

(2012) Midwest regional Turf Foundation Award of Achievement. Midwest Regional Turf Foundation.

Selected Publications

Latin, R. X. (2011). A Practical Guide to Turfgrass Fungicides. St. Paul, MN: APS Press.

Hockemeyer, K., & Latin, R. X. (2015). Spatial and temporal distribution of fungicides applied to creeping bentgrass. J. Env.Qual, 44(3), 841-848. doi:10.2134/jeq2014.08.0335

Daniels, J. P., & Latin, R. X. (2013). Residual efficacy of fungicides used for brown patch control. Golf Course Management, (7), 82-89.

Latin, R. (2014). Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Identifying Turf Disease. (BP-124-W).

Daniels, J., & Latin, R. (2013). Residual activity of fungicides for control of brown patch on creeping bentgrass. Plant Disease, 97, 1414-1419.

Latin, R. (2012). Bacterial Decline of Creeping Bentgrass. Golf Course Management, 7, 82-89.

Koppenhofer, A., Latin, R., Crow, W., & Brosnan, J. (in press). Koppenhofer, A.M., Latin, R., McGraw, B. A., Brosnan, J. T., and Crow, W. T. 2013. Integrated Pest Management. In: Turfgrass Management, S. A. Bonos and J. Stier, eds. Agronomy Monograph. American Society of Agronomy. Madison, WI. In Turfgrass Monograph.

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Pythium Blight. (2011). (BP-109-W), 2. Retrieved from

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Seasonal Activity of Turfgrass Pathogens. (2011). (BP-125-W), 3. Retrieved from

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