New Research Shows that Virus Common to Wheat Can Spread to Native Grasses

This is a short Science Daily article highlighting the work of researchers at Michigan State University, the University of Kansas and the University of Virginia that shows that the Barley yellow dwarf virus, which plagues wheat crops, can cross over and affect native prairie grass switchgrass: Wheat virus crosses over, harms native grasses

This is an interesting issue to consider as scientists continue to develop perennial crops that are either domesticated wild grasses or hybrids of an annual crop and wild grass relative.

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I work with farmers and researchers to bring together science and application of perennial grains, especially Kernza, also known as intermediate wheat grass. Share your information and we can post on this site.

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