Arizona fescue grasses may have increased resistance to fire thanks to the endophytic fungi Neotyphodium starrii.

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"Other explanations for the maintenance of N. starrii in Arizona fescue populations may be increased resistance to seasonal and yearly droughts (e.g., Bacon, 1993; Elmi and West, 1995) that are typically of semi-arid, ponderosa pine-bunchgrass communities in the southwestern U.S. These communities are also historically influenced by frequent (every 2-3 yr) but low intensity fires, and Neotyphodium may also increase resistance to and recovery from fire." (Schulthess and Faeth 1998)

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Distribution, Abundances, and Associations of the Endophytic Fungal Community of Arizona Fescue (Festuca arizonica)Schulthess, F. M.; Faeth, S. H.

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Neotyphodium in Cool-Season GrassesWiley-BlackwellFebruary 18, 2005
Craig A. Roberts

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