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2010-03-15 15:54:31

Six-year study examines impacts of fescue and symbiotic fungus The popular forage and turf grass called tall fescue covers a vast amount of land in the U.S. -- an area that's estimated to be larger than Virginia and Maryland combined -- and a new study by ecologists at Rice University and Indiana University suggests there is more to fescue than meets the eye. Results of the six-year study, which are available online in the Journal of Applied Ecology, show that a symbiotic fungus living inside...

2005-08-29 15:39:08

HOUSTON, Aug. 29, 2005 "“ New research by biologists at Rice University, Indiana University and George Mason University reveals how some non-native fescue grass gets a leg up over competing native plants: it's passed over by plant-eating insects and animals because its leaves are laced with toxic alkaloids, thanks to a symbiotic fungus that has co-evolved with the grass. In a 54-month study conducted at Indiana University, scientists showed that 'tall fescue,' a common variety that is...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.