Samuel Martin

Horticulture Program Team, Agricultural and Environmental Science Department, PeeDee Research and Education Center

Office: Pee Dee Research and Education
Phone: 843-519-0460


 Educational Background

1982 North Carolina State University
Plant Pathology Ph.D.

1978 University of Arkansas
Plant Pathology M.S.

1976 Hendrix College
Biology B.A.

 Courses Taught

Diseases and Insects of Turfgrass


Dr. Martin is the research and extension turfgrass pathologist for South Carolina. He has been active in turf research, extension and teaching for the past 22 years with Clemson University.

 Research Interests

Dr. Martin’s programs include research and extension programs on fungicide performance, disease identification and management, and nematode management in commercial turfgrass systems.

 Extension and Outreach

Dr. Martin supports the turfgrass industry in the state and region through seminars, workshops, recommendations and personal contacts. These efforts are aimed at golf course, sod businesses, lawn and landscape, and athletic fields.


Liu, H., Whitwell, T., Garrett, D.D., McCarty, L.B., Martin, S.B., Adelberg, J., Brown-Faust, J.E., and Baldwin, C.M. 2009. Survey of undergraduate turf education and the internship experience. International Turf Society Research Journal Vol. 11: 607-617.

Park, Joel, Badwan, Osmand, Martin, Bruce, Wilkinson, Henry T., and Fouly, Hanafy M. 2010. Transformation of Gaeumannomyces graminis with β-Glucuronidase Reporter and Hygromycin Resistance Genes. Article first published online: 2 NOV 2010; DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0434.2010.01755.x
Journal of Phytopathology 159:317-320

Fouly, Hanafy, Badwan, O., Martin, B., and Wilkinson, H. 2011. Phylogentic analysis of Gaeumannomyces graminis varieties based on sequence insertions in the small subunit rDNA. Australina J of Plant Pathology: DOI: 10.1007/s13313-011-0067-5

Marvin, J.W., L.B. McCarty, S.B. Martin, C.E. Wells, and W.C.Bridges, Jr. 2012. Dollar Spot Disease Control Comparing Synthetic to Non-Synthetic Fungicides. Bioforsk 7(8):123-125.

Yadagiri KK, Kerrigan JL, Martin SB (2012) Improved methods for axenic culture of Labyrinthula terrestris, causal agent of rapid blight disease on turfgrasses. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 58(10): 1230-1235. doi: 10.1139/w2012-096.

Kerrigan J, Olsen MW, Martin SB (2012) Rapid blight of turfgrass. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI: 10.1094/PHI-I-2012-0621-01. On-line 6/22/2012.

Description of Hemicaloosia graminis n. sp. (Nematoda: Caloosiidae)
Associated with Turfgrasses in North and South Carolina, USA. YONGSAN ZENG, WEIMIN YE, LANE TREDWAY, SAMUEL MARTIN, MATT MARTIN
J of Nematology 44(2):134–141. 2012.

Taxonomy and morphology of plant-parasitic nematodes associated with turfgrasses in North and South Carolina, USA
Zootaxa 3452: 1–46 (2012)

Diversity and Occurrence of Plant-parasitic Nematodes Associated with
Golf Course Turfgrasses in North and South Carolina, YONGSAN ZENG, WEIMIN YE, S. BRUCE MARTIN, MATT MARTIN, LANE TREDWAY.
Journal of Nematology 44(4):337–347. 2012.