NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — James A. Murphy, extension specialist in turfgrass management in the Department of Plant Biology at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences was selected by the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) as its 2019 CSSA Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award recipient. He received the award at the 2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting in November in San Antonio, Texas.
Murphy was recognized for significant career contributions in turfgrass science, including research, teaching, extension programs, both nationally and internationally. He is renowned for developing environmentally-sound management practices and is a sought-after speaker in the U.S. and Europe on best management practices for turf management, especially golf turf. Under the state’s fertilizer law, Murphy developed the standards for fertility practices and the Professional Fertilizer Applicator Certification and Training (ProFACT).
Murphy joins fellow Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station faculty members who have been past recipients of this distinguished award: Bruce B. Clarke (2016), William A. Meyer (1994) and C. Reed Funk (1990).