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Ross C Braun

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Post Doc Research Associate
Horticulture Room 114A
625 Agriculture Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010

Dr. Braun has a research background in turfgrass science focusing on turfgrass colorants, experimental zoysiagrass, Rhizoctonia large patch disease development, fungicide efficacy, cultural weed and disease management, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration, and turfgrass stress physiology in response to deficit irrigation, drought, and traffic stresses.

Dr. Braun is a postdoctoral research associate for Dr. Aaron Patton. His research focuses on investigating solutions to management barriers in low-input fine fescue turfgrass systems, delivering research based information to the public using new and innovate outreach methods of social media, and evaluating coarse zoysiagrass phenotypes as a low-input turf for golf course roughs and other low maintenance areas.


Ph.D. Horticulture, Kansas State University, 2017

M.S. Horticulture, Kansas State University, 2014

B.S. Sports an Urban Turfgrass Management, North Dakota State University, 2011

Selected Publications

Hoyle, J.A., R.C. Braun, J.A. Reeves, S.J. Keeley, and D.J. Bremer. (in press). Mowing height and cultivation effects on tall fescue conversion to buffalograss. CFTM. Link

Braun, R.C., J.A. Hoyle, J.A. Reeves, M.L. Flessner, and J.S. McElroy. (in press). Design and construction of mowing track for turfgrass experimentation in greenhouses. Agron. J. doi: Link

Thompson, C.S., R.C. Braun, J.A. Hoyle, and B. Van Ryzin. (in press). Mowing timing does not affect the efficacy of broadleaf herbicides applied to control dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). CFTM. Link

Hoyle, J.A. and R.C. Braun. 2018. Aerating your lawn. KSRE. MF-2130. Link

Braun, R.C., J.D. Fry, M.M. Kennelly, D.J. Bremer, and J.J. Griffin. 2017. Single and sequential colorant application effects on buffalograss and zoysiagrass color during dormancy. HortTechnology. 27:393-398. Link

Thompson, C., J. Fry, R. Braun, M. Kennelly. 2017. Rough bluegrass incidence in a new tall fescue sward as affected by seeding rate and mowing height. CFTM. February. 3:1-4. Link

Braun, R., J. Fry, M. Kennelly, D. Bremer, and J. Griffin. 2016. Colorant application volume and color persistence on a ‘Chisholm’ zoysiagrass lawn. HortTechnology. 26:314-319. Link

Miller, G.L., D.T. Earlywine, R. Braun, J.D. Fry, and M.M. Kennelly. 2016. Influence of nitrogen source and application timing on large patch of zoysiagrass. CFTM. May. 2:1-9. Link

Complete list of publications (research, extension, teaching)

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