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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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