Dr. Stacy A. Bonos recently received DLF’s 2021 Excellence in Research award for her contribution to the development of new turfgrass cultivars that deliver superior performance with less resource inputs.
Bonos is a professor of plant biology as well as the current director of the turfgrass breeding program and associate director of the Center for Turfgrass Science at Rutgers University. She has been on the faculty at Rutgers for 20 years, co-developing more than 250 cool-season turfgrass cultivars. Her meticulous breeding efforts has helped advance turfgrass science related to disease resistance, wear tolerance and cool weather active growth.
Sean Chaney, vice president of professional turf sales for DLF U.S., was presented the award to Bonos in person while touring the Rutgers Plant Science Research Extension Farm in Adelphia, N.J.
“We would like to recognize and thank Dr. Bonos and her colleagues for all they have done for the industry, as well as for DLF and its Seed Research of Oregon brand,” Chaney said. “We value our partnership with her team at Rutgers University and look forward to future varietal developments.”
The DLF Excellence in Research award helps recognize the significant impact and progress made to date in turfgrass breeding, and celebrates the continued collaboration between DLF and public turfgrass research programs.