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).