Bonos, Stacy A.
Phone: 732-932-9711, ext. 255
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2001
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Turfgrass, Plant Breeding, Genetic Resistance, Disease Resistance.
Plant Breeding, Advanced Plant Breeding, Plant Biology, Turfgrass Identification and Development.
Memberships and Professional Service
American Society of Agronomy; International Turfgrass Society; Turfgrass Breeders Association; New Jersey Turfgrass Association.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Musser International Award of Excellence, 2001.
Academic Interests and Plans
My main research objectives include developing improved, pest resistant, and stress tolerant, turfgrasses that could be utilized for all turfgrass situations throughout the Northeast and other parts of the country. New diseases are emerging at a steady rate on creeping bentgrass, perennial ryegrass and others. The need for the development of improved genetically disease resistant, insect resistant and stress tolerant turfgrasses is important to the advancement of golf course, athletic field, and landscape management in the years to come.
We are specifically interested in understanding the mechanisms of genetic resistance to dollar spot in creeping bentgrass as well as other turfgrass/ pathogen interactions. We are conducting classical genetic studies to identify the number of genes and the type of gene action involved in resistance as well as the response to selection. We are also using molecular marker techniques to identify markers linked to disease resistance. These markers can potentially be used for genomic linkage mapping as well as marker assisted selection. This will improve the efficiency of selection for improved characteristics and hasten the development of pest resistant turfgrass cultivars.