Endophytes are fungal organisms which live inside plants and are applied to some grass seeds as a coating. The endophytes produce peramines and lolines (natural chemicals) which are toxic to insects when consumed.
Described as the probiotics of plants, endophytes not only stop insects from eating the seed but also help provide a healthy boost for the plant itself. A symbiotic relationship the grass produces nutrients for the endophyte, while the endophyte releases toxins which stops the seed from being consumed from livestock and insects. But that’s not all endophytes also help the grass seed cope with environmental stressors like drought.
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