On behalf of the ETS - European Turfgrass Society, the University of Algarve is happy to welcome ETS members and other turfgrass specialists to the 5th ETS Conference 2016 in Albufeira, Portugal.

ETS organizes its scientific turfgrass conference every two years. Italy (2008), France (2010), Norway (2012) and Germany (2014) were the previous hosts of this international conference. Portugal has been chosen to host the event in 2016, from 5th – 8th June 2016.

The meeting venue is the Algarve’s largest Congress Centre and one of the largest in the Iberian Peninsula, a fantastic facility equipped with cutting-edge technology: the Algarve Congress Palace, at the Salgados Palace Hotel, Algarve, Albufeira.

The Organising Committee with Prof. Carlos Guerrero as convener, is preparing this international congress under the theme: TURFGRASS – TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY AND PERFECTION FOR AESTHETIC, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS.

Algarve, which is the southernmost province of Portugal, has almost 200 kilometres of coastline, between cliffs and long-stretching sands, three thousand hours of sun per year and pleasant temperatures influenced by the Mediterranean climate.

Al-Gharb, which means ‘the west’, was the name chosen by the Arabs for a beautiful piece of land that had long been coveted by many. The Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans all left their mark on the language, customs and lifestyle of the Algarve people. The castles, fortresses, narrow streets, roof terraces and lacework-patterned chimneys are just some of the valuable legacies from these times.

The importance of turfgrass in Portugal and thus, the relevance of a conference concerning turfgrass matters, result from the high number of golf courses, football pitches, private and public gardens and its relevance on the economy of the region. Portugal, and the Algarve region in particular, is a privileged touristic destination for golf due to the excellent climate conditions and the high quality standards of most of its golf courses. Algarve holds nearly half of Portugal’s golf courses, and they are all well regarded for their high quality standards, for the outstanding accommodations facilities, and the exceptional weather to play the game. Not surprisingly, the majority of our courses welcome more than 30,000 players across the year. With this high number of players, turfgrass stresses are usual and high standards of maintenance are necessary to establish and maintain the high quality of the golf courses.

Turfgrass also has a vital importance in several touristic and habitational areas such as Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo, Vilamoura and Albufeira, among others, where landscape architecture is often complemented with large areas of turf. Private gardens and public areas are covered with turfgrass from different kinds of species. With a soft and calm weather, stakeholders have a large number of varieties and species of turfgrass for use in recreational, aesthetical or for sports lawns.

The ETS Conferences are the forum par excellence for scientists, consultants, companies and practitioners to discuss technical issues related with the study of turfgrass.

Hosting the 5th ETS Conference 2016, it is our ambition to provide an optimum way to spread innovative applications for the benefit of the turf grass industry, national and local government, and the European public, promoting the exchange of information among turfgrass specialists from universities, official bodies and private companies.

Welcome to the 5th ETS Conference 2016 in Albufeira, Portugal!


Accompanying Program

Conference Program

Technical Tour

ProgramConference schedule

Albufeira • SUN 05 JUNE 2016

  • 18:00 - 20:00

    Registration and Poster Placement

Albufeira • MON 06 JUNE 2016

  • 8:30 - 9:15

    Registration and Poster Placement

  • 9:15 - 10:00

    Convener and ETS Board Welcome Speech

  • 10:00 - 13:00

    Turfgrass genetics and breeding
    Chairman: Marco Volterrani
    (10:45 - 11:15 – Coffee break)

  • 13:00 - 14:00


  • 14:00 - 14:30

    Keynote speaker: José Monteiro (Turf, mankind and landscape)

  • 14:30 - 16:30

    Turfgrass and Landscape
    Chairman: Panayiotis Nektarios

  • 16:30 - 17:00

    Coffee Break

  • 17:00 - 17:30

    Keynote speaker Jason Kruse (Maximizing turfgrass performance: It’s not as simple as it some think)

  • 17:30 - 19:30

    Turfgrass for sports
    Chairman: To be designated by ETS

  • 19:30 - 20:30

    Welcome cocktail

Albufeira • TUE 07 JUNE 2016

  • 8:30 - 9:00

    Keynote Speaker: Richard Snyder (Low-cost Urban ET Measurements and Estimates)

  • 9:00 - 10:30

    Water Management
    Chairman: Celestina Pedras

  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break (and poster space)

  • 11:00 - 11:30

    Keynote speaker: Filippo Lulli (Precision farming practices in sports turf management)

  • 11:30 - 13:00

    Technology advances and turfgrass maintenance (mowing, fertilization, environment, certification)
    Chairman: Carlos Guerrero

  • 13:00 - 14:00


  • 14:00 - 14:30

    Keynote Speaker: Tom Hsiang (Conventional fungicides vs. disease resistance activators)

  • 14:30 - 16:00

    Turfgrass pests (Diseases, insects, weeds)
    Chairman: Maria Albertina Gonçalves

  • 16:00 - 16:30

    Coffee Break (and poster space)

  • 16:30 - 18:30

    Turfgrass nutrition and physiology
    Chairman: Maribela Pestana

  • 18:30 - 19:30

    ETS General Assembly

  • 20:30

    Gala dinner

José Monteiro

José Monteiro

Keynote Speaker

Dr. José A. Monteiro is Professor of Ornamental Plants (production and, usage in the landscape) at the University of Algarve.
He has a Degree in Agronomy from Lisbon Technical University and, a MSc. and a PhD. in Environmental Horticulture, from the University of Florida (USA).
He is interested in post-production of ornamental plants, plants in the landscape and plants’ ecosystem services.

Richard Snyder

Richard Snyder

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Richard L. Snyder is an Extension Biometeorologist at the University of California, Davis from 1980 till present.
Dr. Snyder has a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Climatology from Iowa State University.
His Research and Teaching Activities include: (1) Estimating evapotranspiration, (2) Freeze protection of crops, (3) Irrigation scheduling (agriculture and urban), and (4) Water resources planning.
Dr. Snyder’s Major Accomplishments include (1) Principal Investigator on the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) project, (2) Co-author of the SIMETAW, Cal-SIMETAW, and CUP+ programs, (3) Co-author of the UN_FAO book “Frost Protection: fundamentals, practice, and economics”, and authored or co-authored 140 refereed papers.
Dr. Snyder’s website: http://lawr.ucdavis.edu/directory_facultypages.php?id=50

Tom Hsiang

Tom Hsiang

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tom Hsiang is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada specializing in fungal diseases of plants.
Before arriving in Guelph, he worked on tree and landscape plant diseases in Washington State, U.S.A, where he obtained his Ph.D. (University of Washington) and conducted post-doctoral studies (Washington State University).
He is from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Forest Biology & Pathology at the University of British Columbia.
His current teaching and research involve diseases of trees and grasses, particularly biology of fungal pathogens and disease management, as well as fungal genomics.
Email: thsiang@uoguelph.ca
Website: http://www.uoguelph.ca/~thsiang

Fillipo Lulli

Filippo Lulli

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Filippo Lulli is a PhD and former research pre-doc and post-doc from the University of Pisa. Since 2009 he has opened his company Turf Europe as a University of Pisa Spinoff company.
With Turf Europe, Dr. Lulli has participated in two large research projects to foster the development of precision agriculture in turfgrass management for sports fields and sod farms.
In his consultancy activity, he applies advanced precision turfgrass management principles in French Ligue 1 stadiums.
He is an author of 15 Scopus-indexed scientific articles, all concerning turfgrass science - with a particular focus on precision agriculture.
Dr. Lulli is also the current ETS Secretary.

Jason Kruse

Jason Kruse

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jason Kruse is an Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science in the Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, Gainesville.
He received his B.S. degree from the University of Idaho, his M.S. degree from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.
His work has focused on management of athletic fields and the improvement of nutrient and water management in both warm- and cool-season grasses including the evaluation and use of site-specific management practices as a means of improving turfgrass health while reducing inputs.
Jason has published in Journal of Environmental Quality, Crop Science, Agronomy Journal, HortScience, and the International Turfgrass Society Research Journal.

Travel and Accommodation



NAU Hotels and Resorts

Room Rates

Hotel Maximum occupation Individual/Double
Salgados Palace 2 Adults € 115,00
Salgados Palm Village 2 Adults € 120,00
Salgados Dunas Suites 2 Adults € 130,00

Prices for accommodation in Euros, per room, per night including breakfast buffet served in the restaurant at a hotel, applicable taxes and service. Rooms will be assigned in Run of the House - by better availability Hotel.

Included Services

- 1 mineral water bottle in the rooms upon arrival
- Garage Parking spaces in all the hotels
- Access Free Wi-Fi in public areas and hotel rooms
- Access to outdoor pools
- Baggage Handlers service (not available in Salgados Palm Village)


- Gifts Distribution in rooms: € 2.50/NET per distribution per room.
- Extra bed Supplement for child (03/12 years): € 20.00 per night with breakfast included.
- Extra adult bed supplement (not available in Salgados Palace): € 40.00 per night with breakfast included.

Apartments Rates

Hotel Type Maximum occupation Individual/Double
Apartments “Vila das Lagoas” T2
2 Adults
3 Adults

Prices in Euros per apartment per night in only Accommodation regime, including applicable taxes and service.
The apartments will be assigned in Run of the House - by better availability Hotel.

The values given above include the following services:
- Access to outdoor pools.
- Parking in the garage or outside.
- Wi-Fi available in the apartments Vila das Lagoas.

Supplements - Gifts Distribution in rooms: € 2.50 / NET per distribution per room.
- Supplement Extra Person per night: € 40.00 per adult; € 20.00 per child under 12 years.
Possibility of putting one person extra adult/child per apartment.

To book a room at the NAU Hotels and Resorts please take the following steps:

1. Open, fill in and save the reservation form -> reservation form

2. Send an E-mail for booking to: 5etsalgarve@gmail.com, use the keyword “ETSC 2016” to get the preferential rate and attach the reservation form.

A room contingent for the conference has been created under the keyword "ETSC 2016" until April 5th 2016. After the deadline, the rooms and prices have to be inquired individually at the hotel.


The 5th ETSC 2016 Organizing Committee is very pleased to announce the following sponsors.

We are very thankful for all the financial and institutional support given, which ensures this will be a very successful conference.






Call for Abstracts: 5th ETS Conference 2016 - Algarve, Portugal

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The 5th European Turfgrass Society Conference will be held at the Salgados Palace Hotel (Salgados, Albufeira, Portugal) by the responsibility and organization of the University of Algarve on June 5th to 8th 2016.

The overall theme of the ETS conference is: Turfgrass – towards sustainability and perfection for aesthetic, recreational and sports.

We are honoured to invite all colleagues to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations.
Also, all interested authors are invited to submit a full paper with regard to the 5th ETS Conference that will be published in a peer review special section of Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (UFUG) and a peer review special issue of Crop Science.

The ETS Board and the Organizing Committee welcome abstracts from all disciplines. We instigate the study of turfgrass for all uses: aesthetic, recreational and sports. Multidisciplinary studies, from breeding, physiology, nutrition, turfgrass management to applied technologies are welcome.

Once your Abstract has been approved you will be able to send an “Extended abstract” and a “Full paper”. Both “Extended abstract” and “Full paper” will need to be submitted, respectively, until March 15th and May 31st, 2016, as Word format only. The size limit for the “Extended abstract” is 2 pages and for the “UFUG Full paper” is 5-6 pages (7,500 words) and for the “Crop Science full paper” is 7 pages (in this case, for extra pages there are an additional cost of 50 U.S. dollars each).

The “Extended abstract” size limit is quite strict as it will be published and printed in the Book of Proceedings.

One person can be author of only one paper as the first author but can be co-author of several other articles.

All articles to be submitted in ENGLISH language only.

The templates for both papers please find below:

Extended abstract
UFUG Full paper
Crop Science full paper

For any further questions regarding your “Extended abstract” and “Full paper” submission we kindly ask you to contact us at 5etsalgarve@gmail.com or cguerre@ualg.pt.

Abstracts submission

The possibility of abstract submissions open from October 1st 2015 and therefore everyone interested in presenting their papers are encouraged to submit them following here presented form.

An Abstract should have the title, author names and institutions to which they belong and two paragraphs summary of your talk or poster and limited to 300 words (UFUG special section) and 250 words (Crop Science special issue) or less. The abstract should be concise and to the point:
  • Introduction
  • Scope or research objectives of your study (one or two sentences).
  • Brief description methods and materials (one or two sentences).
  • Results or key findings (one or two sentences, be specific enough but state only your main points).
  • Conclusions (one sentence).
  • Do not include literature citations or references to figures or tables.
  • Use English language.

The authors of the chosen abstracts, reviewed by the organizing committee will be asked to submit the final full paper that should be prepared according to the given Templates for papers.

If any further elucidations about your article is required, we will be free to contact you.

Main topics of the 5th ETS Conference 2016:

  1. Turfgrass genetics and breeding
  2. Turfgrass and landscape
  3. Turfgrass for sports
  4. Water management
  5. Technology advances and turfgrass maintenance (mowing, fertilization, environment, certification)
  6. Turfgrass pests (diseases, insects, weeds)
  7. Turfgrass nutrition and physiology

Please take note of the following DEADLINES for the submission of papers:

Opening of Abstract submission: October 1st 2015
Deadline for Abstract submission: January 7th 2016
Notification of accepted Abstracts: January 31th 2016
Deadline for Extended abstract/Full paper submission: March 15th/May 31st 2016
Notification of UFUG and Crop Science accepted paper: October 15th 2016
Expected publication date of the special section/issue of UFUG and Crop Science: January 15th 2017

Please respect the deadline! Send files in MS Word for Windows format only. Hard copies or disks are not required. Maximum file size: 5 MB.

Abstracts must be sent to the Convener, Carlos Guerrero: cguerre@ualg.pt

Information about manuscript and presentation regulation please visit:


For more information on ETS and the 5th ETS Conference at Salgados, Albufeira, Portugal, please contact 5etsalgarve@gmail.com


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Book of Proceedings ETS Conference 2016


General Format:

Abstract can be no longer than 2 pages, single spaced, Calibri 10 pt. font, with 2.5 cm margins (sides and top/bottom). Submit the document as word document (.docx) to Organizing Committee within the indicated deadline.

Abstract Title: Title should be concise and clearly identify the nature of the study. Should be in ALL CAPS, centred, using Calibri 10 pt. font.

Authors: List all authors two lines below title (still centered), in Calibri 10 pt. Numbers in superscript should follow each author’s name indicating their institutional/organizational affiliations. On a new line, after the last author’s name, list the affiliation by number for each of the authors.

Text: Text should start on the left-hand side of the page two lines below the author’s names/affiliations. Please include in your extended abstract a brief introduction, followed by methods and at the end results/discussion.

Figures/Tables: Authors can include figures and/or tables; however, they must be contained within the 2 page limit. A Calibri 8 pt. font should be used for table or figure descriptions. Don’t forget that you have to maximize text space within the two pages.

References and Citations: References should be included as footnotes, using a 8 pt. Calibri font with citations being listed as numbers within the text.

See instructions for Extended Abstract

Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Special Section


Urban Forestry & Urban Greening is a refereed, international journal aimed at presenting high-quality research with urban and peri-urban woody and non-woody vegetation and its use, planning, design, establishment and management as its main topics.
Urban Forestry and Urban Greening concentrates on all tree-dominated (as joint together in the urban forest) as well as other green resources in and around urban areas, such as woodlands, public and private urban parks and gardens, urban nature areas, street tree and square plantations, botanical gardens and cemeteries.
The journal welcomes fundamental and applied research papers, as well as review papers and short communications. Contributions should focus on one or more of the following aspects:
  • Form and functions of urban forests and other vegetation, including aspects of urban ecology.
  • Policy-making, planning and design related to urban forests and other vegetation.
  • Selection and establishment of tree resources and other vegetation for urban environments.
  • Management of urban forests and other vegetation.
  • Original contributions of a high academic standard are invited from a wide range of disciplines and fields, including forestry, biology, horticulture, arboriculture, landscape ecology, pathology, soil science, hydrology, landscape architecture, landscape planning, urban planning and design, economics, sociology, environmental psychology, medicine, and education.

The Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, in 2014, has an Impact Factor of 2.109 (Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports, 2015).

Manuscript format

The maximum length of research and review papers, including references and tables, is 7,500 words. The manuscript should be submitted as MS-word or Rich Text Format (rtf) file. All pages including tables and figures should be numbered.

Manuscripts should be written in concise and grammatically correct English. Either British or American English is accepted, but should be used consistently. Authors who do not have English as a native language are asked to have their manuscript checked by colleagues whose mother tongue is English.

The title of the manuscript and name(s), affiliation(s), and address(es) of the author(s) should be placed in a separate file or on the first page of the manuscript, this information will not be included in the review process. The title should be informative and brief, usually no more than 15 words. Subtitles should be avoided.

Main text

For research papers, the text should normally consist of five sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and References. Primary headings are left justified and in bold, secondary headings are left justified and in italics. Footnotes should be avoided. The International System of Units (SI) should be used for all measurements. Monetary values should be presented either in USD (US Dollar) or in EUR (Euro). Scientific names of genera and species should be given in full with authority when they are cited for the first time. If species names occur repeatedly in the text the genus name may be abbreviated. Common names should be avoided. Italics should be used for secondary headings, scientific names of taxa (genus and lower) and syntaxa, and symbols in formulae. Formulae should be presented in the text. Complicated formulae should be collected and presented as a figure in camera-ready appearance.

Subdivision - unnumbered sections

Divide your article into clearly defined sections. Each subsection is given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line. Subsections should be used as much as possible when cross-referencing text: refer to the subsection by heading as opposed to simply 'the text'.


State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Material and methods

Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described. Results

Results should be clear and concise.


This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.


The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.


Information too detailed to be included in the main text, for instance a list of areas sampled, may be presented in appendices which are to be placed before the References. Appendices should be as short and succinct as possible.

See instructions for UFUG_Full text.

Crop Science Special Issue


Crop Science is the flagship journal of the Crop Science Society of America. Original research is peer-reviewed and published in this highly cited journal. It also contains invited review and interpretation articles and perspectives that offer insight and commentary on recent advances in crop science.

Crop Science publishes original research in crop breeding and genetics; crop physiology and metabolism; crop ecology, production, and management; seed physiology, production, and technology; turfgrass science; crop ecology, management, and quality; genomics, molecular genetics, and biotechnology; plant genetics resources; pest management; and biomedical, health beneficial, and nutritionally enhanced plants.

All papers, whether invited or volunteered, are subject to review. Additional details on requirements for articles are available on the web site. Appeals of decision by the editorial board are handled by the CSSA editor-in-chief. The Crop Science journal, in 2014, has an Impact Factor of 1.58. See instructions for Crop Science Full text .

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Conference Fees and Registration

Not yet an ETS Member?

Visit the website of the European Turfgrass Society and join!

European Turfgrass Society (ETS) Members 445 €
Non-ETS members 600 €
Students (proof of studentship needed) 300 €
Accompanying persons 250 €
Social dinner on June 7th 55 €

Full registration includes:

Access to Conference and Conference Tour, all coffee breaks, buffet lunches, the social dinner, bus transportation and lunch during Turf Tour.

Accompanying person registration includes:

Access to a Boat Trip in the Ria Formosa, visiting Culatra Island (typical lunch included) on Tuesday and Turf Tour on Wednesday.

For any information concerning fees and registration contact the ETS Conference 2016 Secretariat:

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