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Update on Scandinavian golf course research

Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environment Research Foundation publishes its Annual Report.

This document outlines STERF’s objectives and its achievements in 2012.  High on this list was the production of a Nordic turfgrass guide and varieties list for golf courses, a Red Fescue Workshop and announcement of collaboration with the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation.

The main areas for STERF funded research are integrated pest management, multifunctional golf facilities, sustainable water management and winter stress management.  These are, clearly, of interest to a much wider golf community than just the Nordic countries and the outcomes of STERF’s work in these areas will be applicable globally.

The Annual Report goes on to outline 17 projects being carried out under these four areas.  These include research into alternatives to pesticides for managing weed and disease populations, the preservation of cultural landscapes and cultural heritage on golf courses, and developing more varied use of golf courses by enhancing ecosystem services and recreational functions.
Multifunctional use

The research themes outlined in the Annual Report will be the focus of a STERF Innovation Workshop, which is being held in Norway on 26 June 2013.  The multifunctional theme will be investigated in even more depth at a conference in Reykjavik on 17 to 19 September, "The Golf Facility; A Multifunctional Resource for nature and Man".  Further details of both events can be found on STERF's website.

STERF’s Annual Report 2012 can be read here.