Vegetative Filtration Strip Research

The research project featured in this video has been referred to in many turf/golf publications, definitely one of the most influential studies of its kind. We've referred to it in some form here, here and here.

From the UMASS Amherst research article:

“Studies from golf greens have shown that 5 percent to 10 percent of the total pesticides applied are lost in runoff. In worst case conditions, this figure can be as high as 30 percent,” says John Clark, a professor of veterinary and animal science and a principal investigator on the grant. “We have identified plant species that can reduce the amount of certain pesticides in soil by up to 94 percent in the greenhouse.”

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