Near-infrared spectroscopy allows detection and species identification of Epichloë endophytes in Lolium perenne.

  title={Near-infrared spectroscopy allows detection and species identification of Epichlo{\"e} endophytes in Lolium perenne.},
  author={Milton C Soto-Barajas and I{\~n}igo Zabalgogeazcoa and Inmaculada Gonz{\'a}lez-Martin and Beatriz R V{\'a}zquez-de-Aldana},
  journal={Journal of the science of food and agriculture},
  volume={98 13},
BACKGROUND Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) is systemically infected by seed-transmitted fungal endophytes (Epichloë sp.). The presence of Epichloë endophytes alters the nutritive quality of its hosts by modifying several plant traits. The aim of this research was to develop a fast method based on near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) to discriminate between perennial ryegrass plants infected (E+) or not infected (E-) with two endophyte species, Epichloë festucae var. lolii, and… CONTINUE READING
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