Welcome to the Turfgrass Entomology and Applied Ecology Laboratory
Research in Dr. Richmonds’ laboratory focuses on trophic interactions and their consequences/implications for turfgrass systems at ecological scales ranging from the population to the community. We are examining how soil fertility and other management practices influence the expression of endophyte mediated resistance and interactions between insect pests and their natural enemies. The primary goal of these efforts is to support the development of biologically-based pest management strategies and enhance integration of cultural, biological and chemical management tools. Applied research aims to clarify biological, aesthetic and economic trade-offs associated with divergent turfgrass management approaches.