Head of the STRI's turf grass protection department Dr Ruth Mann told a recent Scotts seminar: "We are getting more of this and have a whole team to deal with it at the STRI. We are UEFA and FIFA's preferred consultant - sometimes they call us in, sometimes the clubs call us directly."
Describing the difficulties of such work, she said: "There can be huge temperature differences, such as 40 degsC or more in summer, which calls for warm-season turf. The pest and disease issues are often different too - Pythium and mole crickets as well as leaf spot and nematodes are common. The equipment may not be as good and the language barrier means you may have to use a translator."
STRI regional agronomist John Lockyer added: "I have come to realise that British groundsmen are well regarded throughout the world and I encourage them to spread their wings. The challenges are different abroad, especially with temperature and disease, and everything is so much more risky - you have to mitigate that risk."