from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An organism, especially a fungus or microorganism, that lives inside a plant, in a parasitic or mutualistic relationship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any organism that lives inside another plant
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as entophyte.
As I understand it, in a process developed by a Kiwi agricultural scientist working in cooperation with the airport, an endophyte fungus is introduced to a certain kind of grass called fescue and the end product is given the catchy name Grasslanz Technology.
Ford Robertson and endophyte grass at Christchurch airport
Similar effects have been previously demonstrated with invertebrate predators and parasites as natural enemies in food webs where herbivores feed on endophyte infected plants All procedures involving voles were carried out in accordance with the Act on the Use of Animals for Experimental Purposes established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry,
Also smaller vertebrate herbivores, such as rodents, are commonly negatively affected by endophyte ingestion.
Addison PJ (1996) Influence of clavicipitaceous endophyte infection in ryegrass on development of the parasitoid
Differences in mobility of sibling voles as defined by numbers of belt crossings per hour for voles fed on endophyte infected (E+) or endophyte free (E −) grasses.
Schardl C (2002) Evolutionary origins and ecological consequences of endophyte symbiosis with grasses.
The effects of endophyte infected (E+) and endophyte free (E −) grass diets on predation and vole odour preference of least weasel.
Cheplick GP, Faeth S (2009) Ecology and evolution of the grass-endophyte symbiosis.
Tannenbaum MG (1998) Effects of endophyte consumption on food intake, growth, and reproduction in prairie voles.
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