Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

You may see some large patches of blue in the Boise Foothills, starting this week. It’s part of a program stop wildfires in the iconic trail system.

The blue dye is an herbicide that crews will apply to manage non-native grasses and problem weeds. Those are the plants that compete with native species and increase the risk of fire.

How Genetically Modified Crops Could Affect Weeds

Jun 13, 2013

After unauthorized, genetically modified wheat was found in an Oregon field, scientists have been trying to figure out what that means for wheat crops. Beyond farmers’ fields, a few pesky plants could also benefit as more genetically modified crops come into play.

An invasive weed called jointed goatgrass mingles with wheat in fields across the Northwest – and throughout the United States.

Carol Mallory-Smith has studied wheat and jointed goatgrass at Oregon State University for years.