Turfgrass Breeders

Dr. David Huff

Dr. David Huff earned his BS in Crop and Soil Science at Michigan State University (1980) and his MS and Ph.D. in Genetics from UC Davis (1983; 1988). After a stint in private industry as a commercial breeder and post-doctoral positions at Texas A&M and Rutgers, he joined the faculty at Penn State in 1994. He currently lives in the mountains of the Pennsylvania Wilds on a limestone trout stream. For the SCRI Polyploid Tools project, Huff and his colleagues will be working on two of the most economically important turfgrasses in the golf course industry, namely creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera L.) and Poa annua L. (annual bluegrass).  Both species are C3 allotetraploid (2n=4x=28 chromosomes) grasses that are widely used on putting greens and fairways due to their fine leaf texture and tolerance to mowing heights as low as 2 mm. ;>;>;>