Fungal symbionts of grasses: evolutionary insights and agricultural potential

Barry Scott, Christopher Schardl

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27 Scopus citations


Some filamentous fungal endophytes confer on their grass hosts important biological properties including resistance to grazing herbivores and resistance to nematodes and some fungal pathogens, as well as drought tolerance and greater field persistence. The production of alkaloids toxic to grazing animals is an undesirable aspects of the association in agronomic situations. Consequently, genetic strategies are being pursued to manipulate fungal endophytes and their hosts for agricultural benefit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-200
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology
  • Microbiology


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