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 www.turfpathology.ucr.edu