November 8, 2022
GTI opens new facility
The new G.M. Frost Research and Information Centre includes 14 new research plots.
From sports and recreational fields to home lawns, a new turfgrass centre has opened at the University of Guelph that will foster research and education to support Canada’s multibillion-dollar sports, golf and residential turf industry.  

The new G.M. Frost Research and Information Centre will be the centrepiece of the recently relocated Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI), which marks its 35th anniversary as a national leader in research, extension work and professional development for the study of turf. Staff and leaders of the GTI cut the ribbon officially opening the new facility on Sept. 16, 2022.

The new centre will serve as a research, education and resource hub for the Canadian turfgrass industry as well as the headquarters of the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association, Sports Turf Canada and the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation.  

Its development was funded largely by the Government of Ontario through the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO).

“We’re excited to continue our work in this new state-of-the-art research and teaching facility,” said Dr. Eric Lyons, director of the GTI and a professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture. “We are tremendously grateful for the support from the provincial government, individual donors, organizations and the industry who made our new location possible.”

The GTI’s new location covers about 17 acres at the east end of the U of G campus. Fourteen research plots provide different combinations of turfgrass cultivars, mowing heights and soil types.  
Researchers will build on previous studies of environmental aspects of pesticide use, evaluation of grass species, varieties and seeding methods, sports field construction, fertility and management programs, and the biological and cultural control of diseases and weeds.

The research grounds, laboratories, diagnostics clinic and study space will continue to support and foster a strong Canadian turfgrass science program and attract new generations of academics, said Lyons.  

Funding opportunities are still available for the GTI’s new maintenance and teaching building where students will learn irrigation installation, machine maintenance and landscape design.