The climate is changing, both temperature and precipitation pattern, and we already see an impact on the geographical distribution of some turf grass diseases. This requires the ability to adapt and change disease management if a major quality decline is to be avoided
Turf areas are an important part of our society used both for sport activities and relaxation adding social value and ecosystem services.
It can be difficult to predict, which diseases are specifically affected by climate change because the conditions for disease development depend on each particular pathogen, but increased humidity and temperature certainly comprise a more favorable environment for several fungi and faster incubation cycles. Where turf managers seek to reduce pesticide use, the challenges will become even more immense. Read more about turf grass diseases in the European Seeds' Insiders article.