AVANEX® Unique Endophyte Technology may assist in reducing the number of birds on or near sports fields, amenity areas and airfields. The alkaloids produced by the endophytes not only reduce the number of insects available for birds to feed on, but can also reduce a number of bird species feeding on the grass.
AVANEX® Unique Endophyte Technology in turf grasses provides tough, wear resistant cultivars that can stand up to aircraft movement, jet blasting and braking in an airport environment as well as being able to assist in the reduction of birds and insects in sports fields and amenity turf situations.
AVANEX® Unique Endophyte Technology has been included in turf-type grasses, Lagertha - a turf tall fescue, and Colosseum - a turf perennial ryegrass. These endophytes can produce high quantities of alkaloids that can reduce a number of insect pests while also being a deterrent to wildlife grazing.
AVANEX® Colosseum is a medium-fine, mid-green, perennial ryegrass that is a cross between Mediterranean and American genetics. The Mediterranean genetics gives the turf active winter growth in cooler weather and rapid germination, especially in cold temperatures down to 5°C.
Lagertha, with AVANEX® Unique Endophyte Technology, is a high quality, dark and fine turf tall fescue. Lagertha retains a green colour and an attractive appearance for longer in summer due to its strong deep root system.
AVANEX® Unique Endophyte Technology may assist in reducing the number of birds on or near airfields. The alkaloids produced by the endophytes not only reduces the number of insects but can also reduce feeding a number of bird species, including finches, gulls and wild Canada geese.
Colosseum perennial turf ryegrass incorporating AVANEX® Unique Endophyte Technology was born out of sport. It was first bred from the few surviving plants out of a test cricket pitch and these plants were then crossed, resulting in a cultivar capable of withstanding extremely adverse conditions.
The benefit for sports grounds? AVANEX® can help to deliver insect free playing surfaces, along with less excreted waste from birds in addition to reducing the possibility of birds themselves interfering with play. Turfgrasses with AVANEX® have also proven themselves to be extremely persistent and resilient to the rigours of top level competitive sport.
Birds and rabbits can cause damage to turfgrass located in holiday park amenities. Not to mention the potential health risk to families from their faeces. AVANEX® Unique Endophyte Technology can help to deter birds and rabbits in these areas because the alkaloids produced by the endophytes reduce the number of insects available for them to feed on. In addition, when turfgrass with AVANEX® is eaten by herbivorous birds, they fell unwell and associate that grass with a bad experience, so feed elsewhere in the future.
With hot, dry conditions experienced by many New Zealand holiday parks during peak periods, AVANEX® has proven to also be a vigorous and persistent producer.