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13th International Turfgrass Research Conference: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Environment


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  1. Vol. 57 No. supplement1, p. vii-viii
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    Received: June 14, 2017
    Accepted: June 14, 2017
    Published: August 16, 2017

    * Corresponding author(s): jamurphy@njaes.rutgers.edu
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  1. James A. Murphy *a
  1.   aForan Hall, 270, Dep. of Plant Biology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 59 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8520

The International Turfgrass Society (ITS) celebrates its 48th year with more than 300 delegates and 100 accompanying persons from 21 countries attending the 2017 International Turfgrass Research Conference (ITRC) during July 2017 in New Brunswick, NJ, USA. The ITRC is one of the largest and most comprehensive gatherings of turfgrass scientists and professionals, and reflects the interest and activity in turfgrass education and research throughout the world.

The success of ITS was built upon the vision of early leaders: James B. Beard, Bjarne Langvad, John R. Escritt, and James R. Watson, who organized the 1st ITRC held in 1969 at Harrogate, UK. The ITS is indebted to the 78 participants representing 12 countries at the 1st ITRC; their contributions laid the groundwork for the pursuit of turfgrass science in all parts of the world.

The ITS facilitates international communication among turfgrass scientists, educators, and industry professionals through the publication of papers presented at conferences. A permanent record of the concepts, research results, and descriptive information presented at the ITRC were first published as a proceedings in 1969, and ITS began publishing this record of papers as a journal for the 1993 ITRC in Palm Beach, FL, USA. The ITS is pleased to collaborate with the ACSESS Digital Library in publishing papers of the 2017 ITRC in a digital format as well as across three journals: Agronomy Journal, Crop Science, and ITS Research Journal. The digital format offered through ACSESS Digital Library will greatly improve accessibility of papers, and the multiple journals provide more options to meet the publishing needs of ITRC delegates.

Beautification and recreation are widely recognized functions of turfgrasses in landscapes, whereas the numerous environmental services provided by turfgrasses are often overlooked by society. A greater understanding as well as awareness of these environmental services are needed, given the tremendous impact that the environment has on our personal and professional lives. A changing climate and availability of water are critical environmental issues that affect the selection and management of turfgrass species now and in the future. Turfgrass science plays an essential role in developing new and improved pest control strategies as well as the efficient use of water and fertilizers, all of which is essential to sustain and enhance the environmental services provided by turfgrasses. Rapid technological changes in molecular biology and information processing and sharing continues to affect the way we live, conduct research, and maintain turfgrass. Thus, the theme—Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Environment—encompasses these and other subject matter presented and discussed at the 2017 ITRC.

Papers at the 2017 ITRC include keynote presentations on climate change, sustainable water management, breeding for enhanced stress tolerance, and phytobiomes; symposium papers on the recent work to advance Zoysia spp. for use in turfgrass systems around the globe; and volunteered papers addressing ecology, conservation, physiology, genetics, breeding, management, and pests of turfgrasses. And ITS encourages the next generation of leaders in academics and industry through participation in the graduate student oral and poster paper competitions.

The ITS greatly appreciates the cooperation and hard work of reviewers and associate editors as well as the technical editors for Agronomy Journal and Crop Science, and Elizabeth Guertal, Editor-in-Chief for the American Society of Agronomy. Moreover, the guidance and leadership of managing editors Elizabeth Gebhardt and Susan Ernst, and publication systems managers Brett Holte and Lauren Van Driel, of the ACSESS Digital Library during the review and publication of more than 145 papers across three journals was invaluable.



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