Turfgrass Science

South research field

Turf research

Research with broad appeal that can be used by turfgrass managers at the state, regional, national and international level.

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South research field

Teaching turf

Our teaching philosophy involves an integrated approach of science and problem solving.

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The MU Turf Research Center is an inter-disciplinary effort aimed at initiating investigations, conducting research and disseminating information related to turfgrass and ornamental horticulture. In so doing, the Center strives to further the knowledge and understanding of turf management in Missouri. The Center seeks to provide MU students with the opportunity for meaning, experiential learning and Missouri's turf industry with technical support and solutions to current problems.


  • To further the knowledge of turf management.
  • To provide answers to current turf management problems through research and related activities.
  • To keep turf professionals informed through outreach and extension activities.
  • To produce students who have a competitive advantage in the job market because of their enhanced understanding of turf management.


Our extension philosophy is to give Missouri the tools to better manage their turfgrass. Homeowners, golf course superintendents, sports field managers, and lawn care operators are offered educational programs that deal with current issues in turfgrass. Our goal is to educate the public on turfgrass issues that impact our region.

Turfgrass and Ornamental Learning Center Building Fund

The Turfgrass & Ornamental Research Facility at the South Farm is being transformed into a Learning Facility for the Green Industry and will provide research and educational opportunities for students and professionals alike. The current office building is deteriorating with structural defects and needs to be replaced. Fundraising for a new facility has continued for a number of years and we are presently making preparations to develop a site plan to move forward. This new building will be a state-of-the-art turfgrass & ornamental teaching and research facility that will include a library (small conference room), several offices, and a larger conference room (104 occupancy). With the addition of a conference room to the South Farm location, our potential to offer educational programs for students, Master Gardeners, lawn care operators, golf course superintendents, landscapers, sports turf managers and homeowners will increase the visibility of our program and the Division of Plant Sciences. We are at a point to consider a start to this project; however additional funds are required to complete the project. A naming opportunity still remains for the facility with your donation to reach our final goal. For more information contact Xi Xiong or Lee Miller.

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