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Richard Latin

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Professor Emeritus

 General Information

Rick Latin is an Emeritus professor of plant pathology and was a member of the Botany and Plant Pathology faculty for more than 37 years.  For the first part of his tenure at Purdue, Dr. Latin’s research and education efforts focused on the epidemiology and control of diseases of vegetable crops.  In 1995, his attention turned towards turfgrass pathology.  In addition to teaching undergraduates and graduate students, he built a research program that sought to develop practical solutions to turf disease problems in the Midwest.  Dr. Latin’s research focused on factors that influence fungicide performance, fungicide-resistance in turf pathogens, and weather-based systems for scheduling fungicide applications.  In addition to participating in national and regional conferences in the United States and Canada, Dr. Latin has lectured in Europe and Asia on the principles of fungicide action on turf.  He authored many research papers, and the industry standard textbook, A Practical Guide to Turfgrass Fungicides—with the second edition due in early 2021.

Dr. Latin currently works as an academic and industry consultant and is based in Pinehurst, NC

Awards and Honors:
  • 2019 - Distinguished Service Award from the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation.
  • 2018 - Scientific Fellow, The American Phytopathological Society
  • 2018 - John Morley Distinguished Career Award for contributions to the benefit of the turfgrass industry.  Recognized by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Selected Publications
  • Latin, R. 2021. A Practical Guide to Turfgrass Fungicides. Second edition. APS Press, St. Paul, MN. 
  • Stacy, T., and R. Latin. 2020. The influence of water pH on efficacy fungicides for turf disease control. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management
  • Ou, L., and Latin, R. 2018.  Effect of management practices on fungicide distribution in golf course turf.  Agron. J. 110:2523-2533.
  • Latin, R., and Ou, L. 2018.  Influence of irrigation and wetting agent on fungicide residues in creeping bentgrass .  Plant Dis. 102:2352-2360.
  • Richmond, D. S., Patton, A. J., & Latin, R. (2017). Purdue Turf Doctor.
  • Hockemeyer, K.R., and Latin, R. 2015. Spatial and temporal distribution of fungicides applied to creeping bentgrass. J. Env. Qual. Doi:10.2134/jeq2014.08.0335.
  • Daniels, J., and Latin, R. 2013.  Residual efficacy of fungicides for controlling brown patch on creeping bentgrass fairways. Plant Dis. 97:1620-1625.
  • Stewart, J. M., Latin, R., Reicher, Z., and Hallett, S. G.  2008.  Influence of trinexapac ethyl on the efficacy of chlorothalonil and propiconazole for control of dollar spot on creeping bentgrass.  Online. Applied Turf Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2008-0319-01-RS
  • Latin, R. 2006.  Residual activity of fungicides for control of dollar spot on creeping bentgrass.  Plant Disease. 90: 571-575.
  • Harmon, P. F., and Latin, R. 2005.  Winter survival of the perennial ryegrass pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae in north central Indiana.   Plant Disease 89:412-418.
  • Hardebeck, G. A., Reicher, Z. J., Turco, R. F., and Latin, R. 2004.  Application of Pseudomonas aureofaciens strain Tx-1 for control of dollar spot and brown patch on fairway height turfgrass.  HortSci. 39:1750-1753.
  • Harmon, P. F., Dunkle, L. D., and Latin, R. 2003. A rapid PCR-based method for the detection of Magnaporthe oryzae from infected perennial ryegrass. Plant Dis. 87:1072-1076.
  • Harmon, P. F., Rane, K. K., Ruhl, G. E., and Latin, R.  2000.  First report of gray leaf spot on perennial ryegrass in Indiana.   Plant Disease 84: 492.
  • Gross, M. K., Santini, J. B., Tikhonova, I., and Latin, R.  1998.  The influence of temperature and leaf wetness duration on infection of perennial ryegrass by Rhizoctonia solani.  Plant Disease 82:1012-1016.

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