Plant Science Professor Co-Authors Paper for Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science
October 17, 2011
SUNY Cobleskill Professor of Plant Science and Turfgrasss Management Dr. Zhongchun Jiang, along with two researchers at Rutgers University, authored the paper Enzymatic Metabolism of Nitrogen in Leaves and Roots of Creeping Bentgrass Under Nitrogen Deficiency Conditions. It was published in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science, a peer-reviewed bimonthly publication of results of original research on horticultural plants, including turfgrass.
The paper reports changes in amino acid concentration, protein concentration, and activities of two key enzymes involved in the metabolism of nitrogen in different parts of creeping bentgrass, an important grass used in golf course putting greens and other areas. The findings will help further research toward efficient recycling of nitrogen from aging parts of turfgrass, efficient use of nitrogen fertilizers on turf, and reduction of potential fertilizer pollution in groundwater.
Jiang conducted his research while on sabbatical leave during the spring 2010 semester. A second paper from the project has also been accepted by the journal and reports proteomic responses of creeping bentgrass to nitrogen deficiency.
SUNY Cobleskill offers an associate degree and two bachelor's degrees in Turfgrass Management, one in Golf Turf Management and the other in Sport Turf Management.