Endophytes for control of disease in cereals
Fungal endophytes are microorganisms that populate plant tissues such as leaves and roots without causing disease symptoms. They have been shown be beneficial to crop plant health by improving nutrient use efficiency and disease resistance. We previously isolated hundreds of fungal strains from a single wild crop relative and created seed coating products which act as biostimulants and protect against disease.
In this task we will create a comprehensive collection of novel fungal endophytes from crop wild relatives and conduct thorough testing in greenhouse trials to identify complementary combinations of endophytes suitable for crop application
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