Switchgrass detail. Photo by Kurt Stepnitz
New Michigan State University research shows that a common wheat virus can spread and harm perennial native grasses, such as switchgrass.

Wheat virus crosses over, harms native grasses

New research shows that a common wheat virus can spread and harm perennial native grasses such as switchgrass.

It was once thought that crop diseases affected only crops. New research shows, however, that a common wheat virus can spread and harm perennial native grasses.

In the current issue of the Journal of Ecology, researchers from Michigan State University, the University of Kansas and the University of Virginia show that farmers and scientists need to think about how best to protect native plants from diseases emanating from crops.

“Crop fields were once considered

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