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STRI Disturbance Theory – The Book

12.05am 3rd January 2008 - Management Topics

“STRI Disturbance Theory, the Book” is now available. This latest title is a collection of 15 articles written by STRI’s turf agronomists, Henry Bechelet and Richard Windows plus a contribution from Alistair Beggs, northern area manager.

The articles explore all aspects of the Disturbance Theory and how it relates to practical modern day greenkeeping. The authors’ objective in producing the book is to provide greenkeepers with an understanding of the philosophy and approach required to achieve sword species progression in golf greens, without compromising playing quality.

Henry Bechelet and Richard Windows have been working together on the theory since 2005, as a way of helping greenkeepers achieve the finer grasses on their golf greens without losing any of the playing quality demanded by golfers. Their approach is founded on technical expertise coupled with extensive experience in providing practical solutions.

Asked to explain the Disturbance Theory in terms that a humble journalist might understand, Henry Bechelet said that it means, “Favouring the development of the finer grasses by understanding their growth strategies, in other words optimising growth conditions for finer grasses, leading to their dominance over other grass species.”

Henry and Richard will be presenting an overview of their work, relating to the theory at the forthcoming BTME show in Harrogate, on Monday 21st January. Further details can be obtained from BIGGA at

The new title has been produced in A5, 80 page, soft back format. It is available price £7.50, plus post & packaging, from STRI’s online bookshop at or call Hiren Chauhan on 01274 518908


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