Frank S. Rossi

Frank Rossi

Associate Professor and
Extension Turfgrass Specialist

G47c Plant Science
(607) 227-5873

I administer a broad-based research and education program focused on ecological aspects of turfgrass science. The goal of my research and education efforts for undergraduates, graduate students and industry professionals is to improve the environmental compatibility and economic feasibility of turfgrass management systems.

Research Focus

The goal of my research is to apply the rigorous scientific method to practical problems in turfgrass management. The specific areas of reduced fertilizer and pesticide use in single tactic as well as integrated systems-based projects lead to significant practical advancements.

Outreach and Extension Focus

I maintain a strong problem-solving focus in my extension program with particular emphasis on increased resource efficiency and improved environmental compatibility. I use a "just-in-time" delivery strategy in partnership with industry and environmental organizations to provide the latest research-based information when the practitioners need it most. One example is ShortCUTT, a weekly subscriber-only e-newsletter sent to more than 3000 turf managers. Our Turfgrass Extension Program is internationally recognized for environmental stewardship focused on water quality protection and pesticide use reduction.

Teaching Focus

I love learning. I capitalize on this passion by strategically engaging students to explore the biological, chemical and physical science of plants, soils, climate, agriculture, food, fiber, etc. in supportive and creative learning environments. I emphasize written and verbal communication in evidence-based individual and group work to develop skills valuable in professional environments. In addition to traditional content matter courses such as Introduction to Horticulture Science and Systems and Grassing the Urban Eden, I instruct an Undergraduate Teaching Apprentice Course that addresses pedagogical issues associated with an engaged learning environment from a course design, development, delivery, as well as assessment and evaluation perspective.

Awards and Honors

  • Environmental Communicator of the Year (2013) Turfgrass and Ornamental Communicators Association

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Rossi, F. S., & Krueser, W. C. (2014). The Horticultural Spray Oil, Civitas, Causes Chronic Phytotoxicity onCool-season Golf Turf. HortScience. 49:1217-1224.
  • Bertin, C., Senesac, A. F., Rossi, F. S., DiTommaso, A., & Weston, L. A. (2009). Evaluation of selected fine-leaf fescue cultivars for for their turfgrass quality and weed suppressive ability in field settings. Horttechnology. 19:660-668.
  • Rossi, F. S., & Grant, J. A. (2009). Long Term Evaluation of Reduced Chemical Pesticide Management of Golf Course Putting Turf. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal. 11:77-90.
  • DeGaetano, A. T., & Rossi, F. S. (2007). Long-term trends in meteorological conditions favorable for dollar spot in eastern portions of the United States. Applied Turfgrass Science.
  • Woods, M., Ketterings, Q. M., Rossi, F. S., & Petrovic, A. M. (2006). Potassium availability indices and turfgrass performance in a calcareous sand putting green. Crop Science. 46:381-389.
  • Woods, M., Rossi, F. S., & Ketterings, Q. M. (2006). Potassium supply rate as measured by exchange membranes in a calcareous sand. Applied Turfgrass Science.
  • Woods, M., Ketterings, Q. M., & Rossi, F. S. (2005). Effectiveness of standard soil tests for assessing potassium availability in sand rootzones. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 170:110-119.
  • Woods, M., Ketterings, Q. M., & Rossi, F. S. (2005). Measuring the effects of potassium application on calcium and magnesium availability in a calcareous sand. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal. 10:1015-1020.
  • Grant, J. A., & Rossi, F. S. (2004). Evaluation of reduced chemical management systems for putting green turf. USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online. 3:1-13.
  • Haith, D. A., & Rossi, F. S. (2003). Risk assessment of pesticide runoff from turf. Journal of Environmental Quality. 32:447-455.