- The University of Arizona Turfgrass Research, Extension, and Education program aims to be the preeminent authority for desert turfgrass science. The foundation for establishing itself as the premier desert research, teaching, and extension center is concentrated at the University of Arizona Karsten Turfgrass Research Facility in Tucson, AZ. The 8 acre research center built in 1991 through the support of the College of Agriculture and Karsten Manufacturing Corporation is comprised of turfgrass research plots which include the world’s largest monolith lysimeters set to turf. A weather station-based computer controlled irrigation system provides for precise irrigation control for turfgrass drought and water use studies.
A multi-disciplinary research faculty with expertise in plant sciences, weed science, plant pathology, breeding, biometeorology, soil science, irrigation management, water quality and entomology deliver quality teaching and extension to students and turfgrass clientele. The faculty and students generate findings unique to desert turfgrass science. Outreach education to professional golf course superintendents, sports turfgrass managers, and landscape professionals is grounded in meaningful, practical, and applied research. The University of Arizona is recognized globally for training undergraduate, graduate students, and professionals for arid turfgrass science and management in Arizona, the surrounding region and other arid regions of the world. No other land grant institution in the western United States offers significant research, outreach, or curriculum for students and clientele.
The University of Arizona Turfgrass Research, Extension, and Education program will continually conduct meaningful research and outreach through collaborations among interdisciplinary scientists and clientele to enhance its prominence in arid turfgrass management.