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By Chris Carlson
Missoula Parks and Recreation, Research and Monitoring Program 

New Biological Herbicide for Cheatgrass

 


Cheatgrass (downy brome, Bromus tectorum) is known throughout the Western U.S. as one of our most widespread and difficult to control weeds. Grain farmers, ranchers, dog walkers and conservationists all curse its early growth habit and ability to spread and persist into disturbed and undisturbed settings. Currently, few strategies exist which provide adequate control of cheatgrass. But there may be hope yet!

Ann Kennedy, a researcher with the Agricultural Research Service at Washington State University, has isolated a strain of naturally occurring soil bacteria that shows great promise in...



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