Mr. Paul Giordano
Graduate Research Assistant
Paul is a PhD candidate in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences under the guidance of Dr. Joe Vargas. His current research endeavours involve field, lab, and growth chamber characterization of a new bacterial pathogen on creeping bentgrass caused by Acidovorax avenae.
Paul's Master's research involved understanding the mechanisms of lightweight rolling and dollar spot reduction on golf course putting greens. Paul has also worked extensively with the dollar spot pathogen, Sclerotinia homoeocarpa in the laboratory, researching infection mechanisms and cell wall degrading enzyme production.
Paul is a graduate of the 4 year turfgrass management program from Michigan State University. He has worked on several golf courses, both public and private, and enjoys turf management as well as the game of golf.
Giordano, P.R., J.S. Richards, M.D. Richardson, D.E. Karcher, and T.A. Nikolai. 2012. Investigating the threshold of lightweight rolling on putting green performance and quality. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. (Accepted).
Giordano, P.R., A.M. Chaves, N.A. Mitkowski, and J.M. Vargas Jr. 2012. Identification, characterization, and distribution of Acidovorax avenae subsp. avenae associated with creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera L.) etiolation and decline. Plant Disease. 96 (12): 1736-1742.
Giordano, P.R., J.M. Vargas, Jr., T.A. Nikolai, and R. Hammerschmidt. 2012. Investigating the effects of light-weight rolling on dollar spot (Sclerotinia homoeocarpa) disease incidence in creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) putting greens. Crop Science. 52: 1371-1378.
Giordano, P.R., J.M. Vargas, Jr., A.R. Detweiler, N.M. Dykema, and L. Yan. 2010. First report of a bacterial disease on creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera), caused by Acidovorax spp. in the United States. Plant Disease. 94: 922.
Vargas, J.M. Jr. and P.R. Giordano. 2012. An emerging bacterial pathogen of creeping bentgrass. Golf Course Management. Cutting Edge. 80:106.
Giordano, P.R., T.A. Nikolai, R. Hammerschmidt, and J.M. Vargas. 2012. Investigating the effects of lightweight rolling on a costly turfgrass disease. CSA News. 57 (6): pp. 13, 15.
Giordano, P.R., and J.M. Vargas, Jr. 2012. Bacterial etiolation study. News Notes [Michigan Turfgrass Foundation]. Spring. 5(1): p.16.
Giordano, P.R., J.M. Vargas Jr. 2012. A new bacterial disease problem on creeping bentgrass putting greens. TurfGrass TRENDS. Golfdom. February 2012. pp. 57-60.
Giordano, P.R., T.A. Nikolai, R. Hammerschmidt, and J.M. Vargas Jr. 2012. Why lightweight rolling decreases dollar spot. Golf Course Management. 80:138-142.
Vargas, J.M. Jr., and P.R. Giordano. 2012. The history of bacterial turfgrass diseases. MiGCSA Course Conditions. Winter 2011/2012. pp. 6-7.
Giordano, P.R., J.M. Vargas, , Jr., and T.A. Nikolai. 2011. Timing and frequency effects of lightweight rolling on dollar spot incidence in creeping bentgrass putting greens (Abstract). Golf Course Management. Cutting Edge. 79:92.