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Climate Control: Scientists, PSRC Staff Welcome New Advanced System
Not so very long ago, if a window-rattling storm jolted Jane Hoehaver Farr awake in the middle of the night, she would jump out of bed, throw on her sweats, brave the ferocious winds and torrential rains out to her car and, within 10 minutes, come to a screeching halt at the Plant Science Research Center on the outskirts of the Auburn University campus.
Jane Hoehaver Farr holds one of the old Wadsworth greenhouse climate controls installed when the Plant Science Research Center was built in 1991 beneath one of 12 new, advanced and digital Wadsworth EnviroSTEP climate controls that now manage and log the temperature, humidity and more in each of the PSRC greenhouses’ 12 zones.
Mark Foshee, research technician at Auburn's Plant Science Research Center, examines one of dozens of creeping bentgrass cores collected from a golf course putting green in Auburn. College of Agriculture turfgrass management professor and AAES researcher Beth Guertal is using the cores in a study to compare different brands of bentgrass foliar fertilizers as to how well grass leaves take up nitrogen from each fertilizer and how well the fertilizers adhere to grass leaves after irrigation. Final results of the independent study, which Guertal launched in 2007, will give golf course superintendents unbiased brand-performance information they can use when evaluating their maintenance programs, Guertal says.
from Impact, Summer 2009
Last Updated: October 13, 2011