Reducing bird numbers at New Zealand airports using a unique endophyte product

  • C.G.L. Pennell Forage Science, AgResearch Limited, Lincoln Research Centre, Private Bag 4749, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
  • M.P. Rolston Forage Science, AgResearch Limited, Lincoln Research Centre, Private Bag 4749, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand; The Foundation for Arable Research, PO Box 23133, Templeton, Christchurch 8445, New Zealand
  • C. Van Koten Bioinformatics, Maths and Statistics, AgResearch Limited, Lincoln Research Centre, Private Bag 4749, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
  • D.E. Hume Forage Science, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Private Bag 11008, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
  • S.D. Card Forage Science, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Private Bag 11008, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand

Abstract

Birds are a major issue for airport authorities worldwide creating hazards to operating aircraft. The effect of a species of grass, Schedonorus arundinaceus, colonised by a unique strain of the mutualistic fungal endophyte Epichloé coenophiala on bird abundance was examined during a series of trials at two New Zealand airports between 2007 and 2012. Fewer birds were observed on S. arundinaceus cv. Jackal AR601 plots compared with the original uncultivated ground cover for many months of the year across many years of trials. This corresponds with data collected by airport authorities on the number of bird strikes experienced by these airports before and after the introduction and establishment of S. arundinaceus cv. Jackal AR601. This plant-fungal association was later developed into the product known as Avanex.

Published
2017-07-25
How to Cite
PENNELL, C.G.L. et al. Reducing bird numbers at New Zealand airports using a unique endophyte product. New Zealand Plant Protection, [S.l.], v. 70, p. 224-234, july 2017. ISSN 1179-352X. Available at: <http://journal.nzpps.org/index.php/nzpp/article/view/55>. Date accessed: 19 nov. 2017.
Section
Pasture Pests

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