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Michelle DaCosta

Michelle Dacosta
Associate Professor
Specialty: 
Turf Physiology
Tel: 
(413) 545-2547
Fax: 
(413) 577-0242
Stockbridge School of Agriculture
310 Paige Lab
University of Massachusetts
161 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9286
Profile: 

Associate Professor Michelle DaCosta has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.  Her research program is centered on gaining greater insight into physiological mechanisms of plant adaptation to environmental stresses, using perennial grasses as an experimental system. The goal is to identify plant traits and stress response pathways associated with tolerance to different environmental stresses that are relevant in terms of global climate change, including temperature extremes and drought.  In addition to addressing fundamental questions on mechanisms of abiotic stress resistance, Michelle's lab also conducts applied research to help guide turf industry professionals on the selection of stress-resistant grass species and cultivars, and to aid in the development of best management practices aimed at reduced water, fertilizer, and pesticide use.

Topics: 
Commercial Horticulture
Commercial Horticulture topics: 
Turf