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Grass Endophytes Questions

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Quite clearly, many fungi could be isolated from the grasses. However, examination of epidermal peels might reveal the presence of Neotyphodium, a fungus which may cause neurotoxicological disorders in herbivores. However, other fungi have been implicated in toxicity of livestock, and further checks would be warranted.


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The effects become obvious only if the grazing animal has little choice in what they eat. If the pasture is largely ryegrass or fescue, and the pasture was established many years ago, some degree of neurotoxicological-based distress might be expected. Where the animals have choice, they will tend to consume a variety of feed stuffs and thus dilute the endophyte toxins.


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