Insight into Innovation at STRI Research

STRI-Research-sngLeeds, England: Preparations for Sports Turf Research Institute’s [STRI] free-to-attend annual educational open days on September 16-17 are well under way.
Uniquely positioned within the sports turf industry, STRI is able to showcase the latest industry research and technological trials currently taking place for sports turf products and techniques.
Over the four years the event has been running, the STRI team has welcomed more than 1,000 greenkeepers, course managers, groundsmen and sports and amenity turfcare professionals from across the globe to their research facilities, for a peek into STRI’s world.
STRI’s belief is that research is fundamental to the progression of the sports turf industry and that interaction between academics, suppliers and the end-user is crucial to success.
Ruth Mann, Head of Research at STRI, said: “The successful event format of previous years has been retained and delegates will be grouped and given a tour of eight research stations with interaction and a Q&A session with our STRI team alongside our industry research partners.
“We’re delighted with the success of previous events and the positive support received from within the sports turf industry. This allows us to share best practice by providing the latest insight on product innovation, technology and techniques that are being trialled and continuing to advance the industry.
“Each year we have taken on board the great feedback from attendees and incorporated them into the following year’s programme to ensure the next event is even better!”
Research station topics for this year include disease management, the importance of soil aeration, establishment of a healthy sward from seed, experimental stress management, the results of a sports wear trial of 24 different seed mixtures, fungicide and supplements for turf health, the benefits of wetting agents on surface playing quality and innovative construction profiles for sport.
Bayer, Syngenta and Campey Turf Care Systems, all members of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, are among STRI’s research partners attending and supporting this year.
Each research station will be represented by the company who commissioned the trial in conjunction with a member of STRI’s research team who will interpret and communicate the results.

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