"Cheating Cheatgrass! "Using Weed Suppressive Bacteria to Control Cheatgrass and Restore Rangelands"
Presentation by Mike Gregg, Land Management Research and Demonstration biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service
Increases in nonnative invasive annual grasses, primarily Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) and Taeniatherum asperum (medusahead) have placed the sagebrush ecosystems in tremendous peril. Mechanical and chemical methods used to treat annual grass invasion over the past 50 years are limited and often unsuccessful. However, hope may be on the horizon! A strain of naturally occurring soil may soon offer rangeland managers a safe new way to manage cheatgrass.