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Wed., July 31, 2013, 11:16 a.m.

Bacteria recruited for war on cheatgrass

Cheatgrass has seed spears that get in hikers' socks and can cause medical problems for dogs when they get into the animal's nose, ears or between toes.
Cheatgrass has seed spears that get in hikers' socks and can cause medical problems for dogs when they get into the animal's nose, ears or between toes.

HABITAT -- Keep your fingers crossed, ranchers, farmers and hunters.   Maybe this will work -- and yellow starthistle will be next!

WSU researcher puts cheatgrass enemy to test in Idaho
Ann Kennedy believes ACK55, a bacteria that naturally occurs in soils, is a natural enemy of cheatgrass, and the Washington State University is putting the bacteria to the test on cheatgrass on a 7-acre plot at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in Canyon County.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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