Story: Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry

Ryegrass endophyte

Ryegrass endophyte

An endophyte is a fungus that lives within a plant. Some have properties that discourage insect pests. Endophytes have been bred into ryegrass to protect it against Argentine stem weevils. The paddock on the right has the endophyte, while the paddock on the left does not.

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Alison Popay, 'Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry - Control of pasture pests', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17972/ryegrass-endophyte (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Alison Popay, published 24 Nov 2008