Field Performance of Tall Fescue with Low Infection with Neotyphodium Endophyte
Tall fescue is used in New Zealand to provide quality summer herbage in summer-dry areas, and to provide a ryegrass staggers-free pasture in regions where perennial rye-grass can only persist if infected with ryegrass endophyte (Easton et al. 1994). Volunteer tall fescue growing on roadsides and on farm waste areas is heavily infected with the tall fescue endophyte, Neotyphodium coenophialum, and has long been known to be toxic to livestock. Tall fescue sold in New Zealand for use in pastures is free of endophyte.
KeywordsTall Fescue Perennial Ryegrass Endophyte Infection Tall Fescue Cultivar Neotyphodium Endophyte
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