HLA Professor Receives Distinguished Fellowship


LAFAYETTE WEST, Ind. – Aaron Patton, professor and associate director of horticulture and landscape architecture (HLA), recently received a scholarship from the American Society of Agronomy. The Fellow is the highest honor bestowed by the ASA and recognizes Patton’s contributions to agronomy through extension and research.

Patton develops and supplies educational materials for the turf industry throughout the Midwest. Its involvement in cutting-edge turf science enables it to supply the latest materials to industry partners.

“Aaron is actively engaged in the turf and turf weed science communities. It has established a research agenda that focuses on the difficult and necessary problems of reducing inputs and environmental risks while improving the quality and health of turf, ”said Linda Prokopy, Professor and Head of HLA Department. “The research he conducts is relevant, new, necessary and beneficial to his large extension audience. Our department and the turf professionals in Indiana are very fortunate to benefit from his expertise.

Patton is also the Executive Director of the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation, which he runs together with his colleague and HLA professor Cale Bigelow. Together, they oversee the foundation and fulfill its mission of supporting turf research and education through a variety of outlets at Purdue.

Patton’s research program has three main components: ecology and weed control, the impact of turf management on soil and plant health, and the adaptation of new zoysiagrass genetic material for use. in the Midwest.

The theme connecting these three areas is a commitment to reduce environmental inputs without sacrificing turf quality. Patton’s contributions in these areas have benefited the turf industry while helping to shape the next generation of turf scientists.

Source: Aaron Patton, [email protected]

Writer: Emma Ea Ambrose, [email protected]

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