Grasslanz seeks more cereal biocontrols in New Zealand
The New Zealand plant technology company, Grasslanz Technology (Palmerston North), has applied to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for the release of a further 18 strains of the endophyte fungus, Epichloё spp (formerly Neotyphodium spp), to improve the resistance of cereal crops to pests and diseases. The aim is to reduce pesticide use and improve drought tolerance in cereals. The EPA has previously approved the release from containment of 45 strains of the fungus. Grasslanz and the government-owned research firm, AgResearch, initially sought the release of the fungus in 2013. The latest application is open to public comment until January 28th 2015.