BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A microscopic fungus that lives inside the most common kind of grass in the eastern United States may be reducing plant diversity throughout its expanding range. The fungus provides competitive advantages for its host, tall fescue, but it is toxic to livestock, wildlife and insects that eat the infected grass. The economic consequences may be as much as a billion dollars a year in the livestock industry alone, and there are other consequences in both agriculture and conservation.
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