Also known as drooping brome or cheatgrass
, Bromus tectorum is responsible for significant wildfires in the U.
For instance, cattle can be used to get rid of cheatgrass
, an invasive species that promotes frequent wildfires, if the cattle are used as bovine lawnmowers in early spring and when the grasses are dormant in winter, but grazing can actually increase cheatgrass
amounts if done when there is a moist fall and early season rains.
Wildfires are a natural occurrence in sagebrush habitat, but the frequency of fire has been greatly accelerated because of the widespread establishment of cheatgrass
in the sagebrush steppe.
The most notable invasive species in the sagebrush steppe is cheatgrass
Possible percentages for the mix are listed below, but if some species are unavailable or prohibitively expensive, the mix can be modified as long as it includes native species that compete well with cheatgrass
, are drought-tolerant and are fire-resistant.
, Downy Chess or Brome; Old-field along S.
com/2010/09/23/health_nutri-tion_gd_grassawns_0809/) I have heard about and received case history reports on numerous grass-related infections, from a mixed-breed pet with a cheatgrass
infection to field tiial Labradors with foxtail barley and giant Eastern foxtail awn-caused illnesses.
Another introduced species, cheatgrass
(Bromus tectorum), was an invasive grass through much of the study area.
or Downy brome and grasses in the foxtail family are also major sources of infection.
After these plants die back, the bare patches of soil that remain are vulnerable to erosion and encroachment from other species like cheatgrass
, an invasive nonnative annual that fuels wildfires.
, also known as drooping brome, isn't all that impressive of a plant to look at: a scrubby-looking weed with a crooked head and dark green leaves tinged with purple.
One strategy BLM adopted to combat these wildfires was to eliminate cheatgrass
(Bromus tectorum), a highly combustible, non-native plant.