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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: 

Soil, Plant and Tissue Testing Laboratory

The Soil, Plant and Tissue Testing Laboratory offers a broad array of environmental testing services. Analytical testing of soils and plant tissue available to all.

Department(s): 

Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

UMass Extension

Location: 

West Experiment Station, 682 North Pleasant Street

Resources: 

Soil and plant tissue testing instrumentation

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: 

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: 

National Geotechnical Experimentation Site

NGES at the University of Massachusetts is an active geotechnical research site with a number of individual studies currently underway to investigate the performance of deep and shallow foundations in clay and the performance of other geotechnical structures.

Department(s): 

Civil and Environmental Engineering

College/Unit: 

College of Engineering

Contact: 

Alan Lutenegger

Availability: 

Private

Research: