Fungus outbreak hits Alabama marshes
by AnnistonStar
 Around the State
Jan 03, 2011 | 885 views |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

A widespread fungal outbreak is affecting one of Alabama's key marsh grass species, potentially rendering much of this year's seed crop sterile, according to scientists.

While the fungus always is present in coastal marshes, scientists speculated that repeated exposure to oil sheens floating on Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay this spring and summer might have played a role in the outbreak by reducing the natural resistance of the marsh plants to the disease. It also is possible that other factors, such as an ongoing drought, played a more important role than oil, they said.

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