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Tech Plant and Soil Science Department Adds Turfgrass Expert Joseph Young

Tech Plant and Soil Science Department Adds Turfgrass Expert Joseph Young

An experienced golf course and sports turf management researcher has been named an assistant professor in Texas Tech University’s Department of Plant and Soil Science, according to officials with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Joseph Young officially stepped into new his teaching and research post on Jan. 1.

The Birmingham, Alabama, native indicated that he’s particularly interested in continuing his research efforts on water quantity and quality issues related to all turf management. Weed control is another challenge facing turf managers in this region, so determining management or chemical control options will be a high priority, he said.

“My research background involves both turfgrass pathology and physiology, so combining the knowledge I’ve gained, I’d like to help turf managers maintain the healthiest turf possible in a tough environment through best practices,” Young said.

Prior to joining the Texas Tech faculty, Young served as a graduate research assistant in the department of horticulture at the University of Arkansas, and at Mississippi State’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. His turfgrass management experience included a variety of duties at the University of Arkansas, Mississippi State University, and an internship with the United States golf Association in Charlotte, NC.

Young received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy with an emphasis in golf course and sports turf management and his master’s degree in plant pathology from Mississippi State University. His doctorate in turfgrass science is from the University of Arkansas. He is a member of the Crop Science Society of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and the American Phytopathological Society.

Awards for Young include University of Arkansas’ Department of Horticulture Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Student (2012); First Place, Crop Science Society of America C-5 Poster Competition (2010); Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Watson Fellowship Award (2008); and Mississippi State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Graduate Student Research Award (2008).

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Richard Zartman, Department Chair and Leidigh Professor of Soil Physics, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2838 or richard.zartman@ttu.edu

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