The University of California, Riverside (UCR) Turfgrass Research Facility and program are involved with problem-solving applied and fundamental research and educational activities that are directed toward the recreational, aesthetic, and functional uses of turfgrasses in man's planned landscape. The activities are primarily structured to assist members of the Environmental Horticulture industry who work with the design, establishment, maintenance and sale of turfgrass and turfgrass-related products that ultimately benefit the general California population and the state's urban/suburban/rural environments.
Because the turfgrass industry location and size are population-based, a large portion of the turfgrass acreage, economic activity and personnel are in southern counties. Thus, UCR is in the center of one of the largest turfgrass industries in the world. Programs at UCR focus on current problems and issues such as:
Resource efficiency in the areas of water, nutrition, pest management, and energy and labor input in sites such as lawns, parks and golf courses;
Environmental enhancement and protection; and
Turfgrass persistence and performance with increased traffic on heavily used sports fields
The program responds to urgent issues that arise as well as long-term research activities that will be of benefit to turfgrass selection and maintenance in California.
Academic positions involved in turfgrass science are members of the University of California Agricultural Experiment Station and/or Cooperative Extension. The campus-based individuals are located in the following departments: Agricultural Operations, Botany and Plant Sciences, Entomology, Environmental Sciences and Plant Pathology. Also, academic Cooperative Extension personnel from nearby counties are associated with the Facility by being actively involved in research and/or extension education programs.
Specific project areas include cultivar performance characterization, including the development and screening of new grasses for California; the determination of water requirements, quality and irrigation strategies of the important turf species and cultivars; the evaluation of nutrient requirement, fertilizer performance and other primary management practices such as mowing, thatch control and aerification when appropriate; the management of pests, including weeds, insects, diseases and nematodes of turfgrasses; and environmental impact studies of turfgrasses and their culture. Specific project activities are strongly influenced by support funding from agencies, public nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations and individuals.
Research undertaken on turfgrass at the Facility is unique in California because of the scope of controlled culture that can be practiced on both cool-and warm-season turfgrasses, and the breadth of non-biased research expertise and available support personnel on campus and in the region.
Academics also publish widely, including releases to technical, semi-technical and popular publications and industry focused releases such as California Turfgrass Culture and Better Turf Thru Agronomics .
Homeowner lawn care
information and Master Gardener resource materials are offered through
the UC Agricultural and Natural
Resources (ANR) Turf and Lawn Publications. Other UC-ANR turfgrass-appropriate
links can be found on the Turfgrass Links page.
A listing of some of the accommodations near UCR is available at the MyUCR for Future Student website (scroll down until you see "Local Hotels".
Additional information can be found at the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce website, which has a Visitors Guide including listings for hotels, restaurants, and things to do in the Riverside area.