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About Paul Koch, Ph.D


Paul Koch, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he conducts research and provides information to professional turf managers on disease management and control. Koch's research article in the August 2013 issue of Golfdom, "Beat the summer heat, plan for snow mold," won a TOCA Award (merit) for turf feature article. Koch can be reached at

Posts by Paul Koch, Ph.D

The thin white line: Snow mold control Posted on 15 Aug 2018 in the Research categories.

Snow mold is one of the primary diseases of golf course turf in Wisconsin, as it is in much of the northern United States. Depending on your location, snow mold Read more»

Predicting dollar spot just got easier Posted on 12 Apr 2018 in the Research categories.

As spring approaches, some especially devastating diseases once again rear their ugly heads. Argued to be the costliest disease of turfgrass worldwide, dollar spot will be on a lot of Read more»

One shot to succeed for snow mold control Posted on 24 Aug 2017 in the Featured & Research categories.

One of the most important aspects of a superintendent’s job is effectively controlling disease. However, not all turf diseases are created equal. We sometimes observe certain diseases that are not Read more»

Snow mold lessons learned from last winter Posted on 16 Aug 2016 in the 0816 & Research categories.

The winter of 2015-2016 can best be described as unusual, whacky, zany, goofy or any other words that imply it was abnormal for most of the northern United States. December Read more»

One snow mold fungicide to rule them all? Posted on 05 Aug 2015 in the Research categories.

Controlling multiple snow mold species with one application can be done, but not every product mixture provides the same results. People like certainty, and whether it’s the daily weather forecast Read more»

What causes snow mold? Posted on 19 Aug 2014 in the Research categories.

(Hint: it’s more than snow) For most of the country, the winter of 2013-2014 was one to forget… or to remember and hope it never happens again. Brutal cold swept Read more»