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fescue

(fĕs`kyo͞o), any of some 100 species of introduced Old World grasses of the genus Festuca. Meadow fescue and tall, or reed, fescue are excellent forage crops and the Chewing's, red, and sheep fescues are planted for turf. Fescue is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Cyperales, family Poaceae. See grassgrass,
any plant of the family Poaceae (formerly Gramineae), an important and widely distributed group of vascular plants, having an extraordinary range of adaptation. Numbering approximately 600 genera and 9,000 species, the grasses form the climax vegetation (see ecology) in
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; lawnlawn,
grass turf or greensward cultivated in private yard or public park. A good lawn, or green, has both beauty and usefulness; its maintenance for golf, tennis, baseball, and other sports is a costly and specialized procedure.
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fescue

[′fes‚kyü]
(botany)
A group of grasses of the genus Festuca, used for both hay and pasture.

fescue

, fescue grass
any grass of the genus Festuca: widely cultivated as pasture and lawn grasses, having stiff narrow leaves
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They found that it produces a 9-percent lower yield than orchardgrass and tall fescue, but has a 9-percent higher rate of neutral detergent fiber digestibility.
Identifying the effects of endophyte symbiosis on the functioning of the tall fescue rhizosphere may help us to figure out the underlying mechanisms which are responsible for greater ecological success of E+ compared to Eplants in natural eosystems.
Sometimes the Fescues are grown in lawns although they don't take kindly to heavy wear and regular cutting.
The test results indicated that sheep fescue, Chewings fescue, colonial bentgrass, and velvet bentgrass should be studied further for use on low-input golf course fairways in the northern US.
Fine fescues are popular in Oregon and other regions where vineyards are planted on fertile soils with cool to warmish climates and high rainfall.
The fine fescues are various Festuca species and subspecies that have very fine-textured leaf blades (Figure 4-23).
Previous investigations, based on a limited number of samples, indicated the presence of short-conidia endophytes in Sardinian tall fescues, likely belonging to the FaTG-2 and/or FaTG-3 (Riccioni and Piano, 1994; Clement et al.
In one test, cows on regular fescue had a pregnancy rate of only 50 percent, while those on the newer variety had a pregnancy rate of 100 percent.
On the other hand, some of the metabolites, notably ergot alkaloids, produced by the endophyte in grasses like tall fescue are the primary cause of fescue toxicosis in grazing livestock.
The turf-type tall fescues produce blades of grass identical in general appearance to the best bluegrasses and hybrid ryes.
Buffalograss overseeded with fine-leaved fescues in the fall produced the best turfgrass quality, darkest green color, and most green cover when buffalograss was dormant in late fall and spring (Fig.
Most are a mix of Kentucky bluegrass, perennial rye and creeping fescues.