Dr. Nick Christians

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Dr. Nick Christians' area of research interest is in the development of naturally-occurring herbicides for the turf industry.  He also conducts research on reducing the pesticide and fertilizer input for the management of quality turf in the golf, lawn-care, and sports-turf industries.

Dr. Christians holds several US and international patents on this subject.  His patent on the use of corn gluten meal as a natural herbicide (RE #34,594) has been licensed to 47 companies and has generated more than $2,000,000 in royalties.  He has also licensed technology on the use of hydrolyzed grain materials as natural products to a firm in Canada (Patent # 5,290,749).

Area of Expertise: 
Herbicides
Education: 
Ph.D., Agronomy, Ohio State University, 1979
M.S., Agronomy, Ohio State University, 1977
B.S., Outdoor Recreation/Forestry, Colorado State University, 1972
Contact
515-294-0036
133 Horticulture Hall
Ames
Iowa
50011-1100