The Turf Pathology Program at NC State has a long, proud history, dating back to the 1970s with Leon Lucas. I wanted to assure everyone that this program will continue to operate as normal (perhaps even better without my interference) during the transition period until the faculty position can be refilled:
- Lee Butler will continue to oversee the Turf Diagnostics Lab as he has since 2005. For information on how to submit a sample, visit the website www.turfpathology.org.
- Mike Soika will continue to run the Fungicide Evaluation Program to gather valuable data on the performance of new and experimental fungicides.
- Bangya Ma, Alex Putman, and Joseph Roberts will continue their research on dollar spot, bentgrass etiolation, and other important problems in the turfgrass industry today.
I want to sincerely thank everyone in the turfgrass industry for your support since my arrival in 2002. It has been a pleasure to work with all of you, and I am proud to look back on what we've been able to accomplish together. I am looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead and to maintaining a close relationship with this great industry in my new role with Syngenta.