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Dominic Petrella, Ph.D.

Dominic Petrella, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator - Turfgrass Management
1328 Dover Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691
Degree Information: 
B.Sc., Youngstown State University, Biology
B.Sc. Agriculture, The Ohio State University , Turfgrass Science
Ph.D., Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota

My primary research interests revolve around turfgrass response to environmental cues and stresses, with most attention paid to responses to light. I am interested in turfgrass perception and acclimation to altered spectral radiation due to foliar shade and using this information to select and breed for shade tolerant turfgrasses. I am also interested in the response of shaded turfgrasses to other co-occurring stresses such as the effects of ultraviolet light and high-intensity light on turfgrasses under shade. Beyond shade, I am currently investigating the role of high-intensity light stress on cold tolerance and cold acclimation in a diverse range of turfgrass species and cultivars. 

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Petrella, D.P.; Breuillin-Sessoms, F.; Watkins, E., "Layering contrasting photoselective filters improves the simulation of foliar shade" Plant Methods 18 1 (2022)
Petrella, D.P.; Bauer, S.; Horgan, B.P.; Watkins, E., "Exploring fine fescues as an option for low-input golf greens in the north-central USA" Crop Science 61 5 (2021) 2949-2962-2949-2962
Breuillin-Sessoms, F.; Petrella, D.P.; Sandor, D.; Bauer, S.J. et al., "Response of retail lawn seed products during acute drought and recovery" HortTechnology 31 4 (2021) 448-457-448-457
Breuillin-Sessoms, F.; Petrella, D.P.; Trappe, J.M.; Mihelich, N.T. et al., "Field evaluation of weed suppression in fine fescue (Festuca spp.)" Crop Science 61 4 (2021) 2812-2826-2812-2826
Petrella, D.P.; Watkins, E., "Variation in fine fescue taxa response to simulated foliar shade" Crop Science 60 6 (2020) 3377-3394-3377-3394