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Frank Wong, Ph.D.

The focus of my research and extension program is the management of diseases of turf and landscape in
California. Both are multi-billion dollar industries in California. We dedicate much of the program on turfgrass diseases, especially those caused by new and invasive pathogens. We have also had a large emphasis on diseases of landscape ornamentals affected by the bacteria, Xylella fastidosa.

Current projects in the lab include:

* Anthracnose (Colletotrichum cereale) control on annual bluegrass
* Population structure of gray leaf spot (Pyricularia grisea) affecting ryegrass and kikuyugrass
* Biology of Waitea circinata var circinata (Rhizoctonia circinata), a new disease of annual bluegrass
* Fungicide resistance development for anthracnose and gray leaf spot
* Characterization of Xylella fastidosa populations causing disease in urban landscapes

More Information on our program can be found at

One response to “Western Region”

Anonymous said...

Isn't it sad, all the efforts to fight pathogens, etc. and it is people we do not have something for because we are afraid they will not pay the green fee.

I want to put a sign at my golf club that says, "please help us keep an environment you want to come back to by fixing your ball marks and divots. Remember, your mother does not work here."

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