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Brenden Sledge

Graduate Student – MS

Plant Pathology – Kerns Lab

Varsity Research Building Module 9

Area(s) of Expertise

Developing effective preventative fungicide timings for large patch control in multiple warm season Turfgrass species

From Greensboro, NC, he moved to Raleigh in 2017 to earn a bachelor’s degree in Crop Science  with a minor in Horticulture. After graduation he applied to several grad school programs before being offered a tour and chance to speak with the members of Dr. Kerns’ lab in May 2021. This opportunity convinced him to pursue a master’s degree in plant pathology with a turfgrass focus. His work is primarily on the effects of fungicide timing practices and temperature on the development of  large patch, Rhizoctonia solani, in warm season grasses.


Undergraduate Degree, Crop and Soil Science, NC State University (2017)