Herbicide resistance in turfgrass: a chance to change the future?

James T. Brosnan, Michael W. Barrett, Prasanta C. Bhowmik

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Herbicide resistance has for decades been an increasing problem of agronomic crops such as corn and soybean. Several weed species have evolved herbicide resistance in turfgrass systems such as golf courses, sports fields, and sod production - particularly biotypes of annual bluegrass and goosegrass. Consequences of herbicide resistance in agronomic cropping systems indicate what could happen in turfgrass if herbicide resistance becomes broader in terms of species, distribution, and mechanisms of action. The turfgrass industry must take action to develop effective resistance management programs while this problem is still relatively small in scope. We propose that lessons learned from a series of national listening sessions conducted by the Herbicide Resistance Education Committee of the Weed Science Society of America to better understand the human dimensions affecting herbicide resistance in crop production provide tremendous insight into what themes to address when developing effective resistance management programs for the turfgrass industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-436
Number of pages6
JournalWeed Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 29 2020

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Publisher Copyright:
© Weed Science Society of America, 2020.


  • Annual bluegrass, Poa annua L.
  • corn, Zea mays L.
  • goosegrass, Eleusine indica L. Gaertn
  • soybean, Glycine max (L.) Merr

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science


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