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NC State Extension

Dr. Jim Kerns

Dr. Jim Kerns

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist of Turfgrass Pathology
Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
1575 Varsity Drive – Module 6
Campus Box 7616
Raleigh, NC  27606
Phone: 919.513.4820

BS: NC State University
MS: Texas A&M University
PhD: NC State University

Present: Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, NC State University, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
2008-2012: Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jim focuses on etiology, epidemiology and management of diseases of both warm- and cool-season grasses. His research program focuses on understanding the biology of ultradwarf bermudagrass diseases, large patch of zoysiagrass, plant parasitic nematodes in turf and diseases of creeping bentgrass. The mission of the program is to provide efficacious and cost effective management strategies to turfgrass managers in NC and beyond. His program also houses the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab, which is managed by Lee Butler.