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Material Type:Book
Author(s):Monteith, John Jr.; Dahl, Arnold S.
Monograph Title:Turf diseases and their control, 1932.
Source:The Bulletin of the United States Golf Association Green Section. Vol. 12, No. 4, August 1932, p. 87-186.
# of Pages:102
Publishing Information:Washington, DC: USGA Green Section
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Diseases; Disease control; Symptoms; Golf courses; Parasites; Disease resistance; Varieties; Cultural methods; Fungicides; Fungicide application
Abstract/Contents:"Presents material which may be of aid to the greenkeeper in diagnosing his turf troubles, and to suggest remedies which, in the light of our present knowledge, appear to be the most practical, the safest, and the most economical." Includes: Parasitic diseases, Nonparasitic diseases, History of disease control, Disease control with resistant varieties, Disease control with cultural methods, Disease control with fungicides, Applying fungicides, Symptoms of and treatments for turf diseases, and an Index of diseases.
Note:While published as a dedicated issue of The Bulletin of the United States Golf Assocition Green Section 12:4, August, 1932, it is often cited in the literature as a book or booklet under the title Turf Diseases and Their Control.
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Annotation from Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf, by James B Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C Beard:"In 1932, coauthors Monteith and Dahl commented on dollar spot disease of turfgrasses, which was thought to be a species of Rhizoctonia prior to that time:

Cause. - Dollarspot is a fungus disease caused by a species of Rhizoctonia, which in some respects is similar to the fungus causing brownpatch. The fungus lives in the soil and attacks the grass in a manner similar to brownpatch (page 91 to 97). This fungus is generally more destructive at a somewhat lower temperature than is favorable for brownpatch. It, too, requires abundant moisture. An adequate supply of readily-available nitrogen, when other conditions are favorable, enables grass to quickly recover from an attack of the disease. Abundant sulphur and a decided deficiency of lime tend to encourage dollarspot on turf."

"This is a relatively rare publication that is a must for collectors of historical turfgrass books. It is the first publication devoted to the diseases of turfgrasses and the authoritative source of information concerning turfgrass diseases during the first half of the twentieth century. Included are symptom descriptions, cause, cultural influences, and chemical controls for more than 20 diseases. It was written by two pioneers in turfgrass disease research. Both studied plant pathology for their PhD degrees at the University of Wisconsin with Professor L.R. Jones. It also includes discussions of turfgrass injury caused by acidity, chemicals, frost injury, lightning, poor drainage, salinity, scalping, scums, shading, thatch, water stress, and winterkill. It was first published in The Bulletin of the USGA Green Section and subsequently as a separate bound book in semisoft covers. Coauthors Monteith and Arnold Dahl provided a historical perspective on the initial identification of fungus-caused disease problem on turfgrasses termed brown patch:

The modern interest in turf diseases seems to trace back to the definite recognition of a disease in the turf garden of Fred W. Taylor at his home in Philadelphia in 1914. In 1915, from browned patches of turf, a fungus was isolated which later was proved to be the cause of this injury. From that time there has been a constantly increasing interest in turf ailments of all kinds." p. 202-203, 291
Beard Section Heading:Bibliography of books/monographs on turfgrass culture
Beard Rarity Statement:Relatively rare
Beard Special Note:Identified by James B Beard in Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf (2014) as being old and rare based on his experience.
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Monteith, J. Jr., and A. S. Dahl. 1932. Bull. U.S. Golf Assoc. Green Sec. 12(4):p. 87-186.
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