The employee-owners of PBI-Gordon announced today that Brian Aynardi has joined the company as manager of university and contract research for the northeastern U.S.
Based near State College, Pa., Aynardi will be responsible for coordinating all research protocols, technical assistance to cooperators, and product support for end-users in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
Aynardi holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from The Pennsylvania State University, where he developed conventional and quantitative PCR detection methods for Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, the pathogen causing dollar spot of turfgrass. While completing his graduate work, he helped in the development of trial protocols, fungicide applications and data collection, analyses, and reporting for research collaborators. Aynardi earned his Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass Science with a minor in Plant Pathology from Penn State.
"Brian comes on board at a time when PBI-Gordon is expanding its fungicide portfolio," says Mark Welterlen, vice president of research and development for PBI-Gordon. "Kabuto® Fungicide SC and Segway® Fungicide SC helped put PBI-Gordon on the fungicide map, and with Brian's expertise in plant pathology, we'll be providing even more solutions for the golf industry."
With a line of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, growth regulators and other products, PBI-Gordon Corporation is a national leader in the professional turf and ornamental management industry. The company also develops and markets products for the consumer lawn, garden, and farm and ranch markets, as well as animal health and grooming in the consumer and veterinary markets. Based in Kansas City, Mo., PBI-Gordon has been in business since 1947, and is 100 percent employee-owned. For information on PBI-Gordon, visit PBIGordon.com or call 800.884.3179.