Dr. Manish Raizada, University of Guelph
This project will test corn endophytes ( microbes that inhabit internal plant tissues without causing disease) for their ability to suppress dandelion seed germination and growth as a natural herbicide spray. From lab trials it has been found that some corn endophytes are pathogenic when introduced onto dandelion but not turfgrass, thus acting like a selective herbicide. Selected endophytes shown to suppress dandelion seed in the lab will be tested on live grass infested with dandelions both in the greenhouse and in test field plots .
OTRF Funding Partner:
This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of Growing Forward 2 in Ontario.