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3559. Kennedy, A.C., F.L. Young, and A.G. Ogg. no date. Control of downy brome and jointed goatgrass using soil bacteria.. unpublished report, USDA-ARS, PUllman, WA 99164-6421.
Naturally occurring soil bacteria were isolated that inhibited the growth of downy brome and jointed goatgrass, but not winter wheat. Over 5000 isolates were examined, and more than 50% were inhibitory to one of the weeds in laboratory growth. In a field test, plant population and above ground growth of downy brome were reduced 31% and 53% respectively. The bacteria were active at cool temperatures, an advantage in suppressing the weed after fall emergence. The bacteria are viewed as an adjunct to herbicide control, as their suppression is not enough to prevent economic crop loss. However, the lack of available herbicides for goatgrass makes this potential control very important. Proper application methods to insure organism survival are yet to be worked out.

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