My name is Joseph Roberts and I am a PhD student working in the Turf Pathology lab here at NC State. I am a North Carolina native and received undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences and Chemistry from NC State in 2007. After completing my undergraduate studies, I went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Plant Biology and Pathology from Rutgers University in 2009. My masters work focused on the influence of cultural management on the development of anthracnose in annual bluegrass putting greens. I returned to NC State in 2010 to work on my PhD. My current research focuses on ideas into the cause of etiolation of creeping bentgrass putting greens and the development of management factors for preventing this emerging problem. Much of my focus currently involves characterization of bacteria isolated from symptomatic creeping bentgrass. Current field projects are examining the impact of biostimulants, plant growth regulators, and new fungicide/antibiotic compounds on etiolation of creeping bentgrass putting green turf.
Teaching Assistant - Forest Pathology (PP318) in the Plant Pathology (2011)
Teaching Assistant - Turf Diseases and Weed Diagnosis (CS154 and CS154L) in Crop Science Department (2011 and 2012)
Main Course or Anthracnose with a Side of Bacteria. North Carolina Western Turf Conference, March, 2013.
Product evaluations for etiolation and turf quality of creeping bentgrass putting greens. NC State Turf Field Day, August 2012.
Update on etiolation of creeping bentgrass putting greens. Rutgers Golf and Fine Turf Field Day, July 2012.
Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases in Cool Season Putting Green Turf. North Carolina Western Turf Conference, March 2012.
Impact of chemical methods used to control bacterial disease on bentgrass putting greens in North Carolina. North Carolina State Turf Field Day, August 2011.
Impact of post treatment irrigation/rainfall on fungicide effectiveness for dollar spot control. Rutgers Golf and Fine Turf Field Day, July 2011.
Impact of watering on fungicides used to control foliar and root diseases on dollar spot incidence of a creeping bentgrass green. Rutgers Golf and Fine Turf Field Day, July 2010.
Developing best management practices for the control of anthracnose on annual bluegrass. New Jersey Turf Expo, December 2009.
Roberts, J.A., J.C. Inguagiato, and J.A. Murphy. 2012. A method to evenly apply foot traffic to turf plots. Int. Turfgrass Soc. Res. J. Accepted July, 2012.
Roberts, J.A., B.B. Clarke, and J.A. Murphy. 2011. Irrigation management effects on anthracnose of annual bluegrass putting greens. Crop Sci. 51(3):1244-1252.
Roberts, J.A., B.B. Clarke, and J.A. Murphy. 2011. Impact of lightweight rolling on anthracnose disease of annual bluegrass turf. Agron. J. Accepted for Publication 1 Dec. 2011.
Roberts, J.A., and L.P Tredway. 2008. First report of curvularia blight of zoysiagrass caused by Curvularia lunata in the United States. Plant Disease. 92(1): p. 173 (Disease Note).