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Turf Research Facility

2-acre Troll Turf Research Center tests varieties of turf grass, to water usage, nutrition, wear of sports on turf, biological control of insects and weeds and low temperature disease control.

Department(s): 

Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

UMass Extension

Contact: 

Thom Griffin, Manager

Location: 

French Hall

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Urban Forestry Diagnostic Laboratory

Services: to assist Green Industry professionals in the care and maintenance of ornamental plants and turf grass; soil and tissue testing as well as the diagnosis of plant pest and diseases.

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

UMass Extension

Contact: 

Kathleen Carroll, Program Coordinator

Location: 

French Hall

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Plant Problem Diagnostics

Plant diagnostic services offered include insect ID, weed ID, nematode analysis, fungal and bacterial disease diagnosis, and plant ID. In most cases, diagnostic recommendations help to mitigate current problems and reduce or eliminate future problems. Diagnostic Service Areas:Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Turf Disease, Floriculture, Vegetable, Soil and Plant Tissue Testing

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Kathleen M. Carroll

Location: 

104 French Hall - 230 Stockbridge Rd

Resources: 

Diagnostic instrumentation

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Orchard, Cold Spring

The Cold Spring Orchard Horticultural Research Center conducts tree & small fruit research. It is the premier pomology facility in New England. The Orchard studies ways to grow more tree fruit in less space, compare the ability of varieties of fruit to resist disease and insects, and search for ways to reduce the amount of potentially hazardous chemicals used in growing fruit

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Duane Greene, Director

Location: 

391 Sabin Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

Resources: 

215-acre research orchard

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Pesticide Analysis Laboratory

A resource available for testing soil and water for the presence of pesticides. Facility provides analytic services of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and their metabolites using state-of-the-art liquid and gas chromatograph techniques.

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

UMass Extension

Contact: 

Raymond Putnam

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Floriculture Diagnostic Laboratory

Provides Integrated Pest Management services -- pest identification, diagnosis services for commercial flower growers who have problems with insects, diseases or plant nutrition. Facility located in the Microbiology Department.

Department(s): 

Microbiology
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

UMass Extension

Contact: 

Rob Wick

Location: 

Holdsworth Hall

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Cranberry Experiment Station

11-acre farm in East Wareham Farm is considered an international leader in integrated pest management for cranberry growers and has developed for distribution ecologically based pest management practices for growers.

Department(s): 

Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

UMass Extension

Contact: 

Carolyn DeMoranville

Location: 

1 State Bog Road, P.O. Box 569, E.Wareham, MA

Resources: 

11-acre farm

Availability: 

Public

Research: