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Beacon Falls teen turns plant interest into internship

Ryan Daddio spent his summer vacation giving diseases to fields of grass.

And separating varieties for cloning in search of disease- and pest-resistant strains. He knows all about dollar spot, billbugs and the fungus that causes brown patch.

He can tell you all about tall fescue, a durable type of turfgrass with slightly serrated edges bred to develop better underground stems and grow more dense and widespread.

“I’ve always been interested in plants,” said Daddio, a Nonnewaug High School senior in the agri-science program from Beacon Falls. “I just like watching them flower. A sense of accomplishment. The fact you can keep it alive is a great feeling.”

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