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Endophytes: Natural Pest Repellents

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Endophytes are small fungi that live in some grasses making the grasses harmful or deadly to a variety of grass-eating insects.  After observing cattle get sick after eating certain grasses, scientists in New Zealand discovered endophytes, opening a new frontier in grass research. Endophytes live primarily in the lower stem and crown of grass plants, and deter surface pests such as sod webworms, armyworms, billbugs, cutworms, and cinch bugs.  Endophytes do not…