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Research Project: Use of Microorganisms to Manage Weeds and Insect Pests in Turf and Agricultural Systems

Location: Crop Bioprotection Research

Title: Endophytes associated with the invasive weed, medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae)

item Dunlap, Christopher
item Rector, Brian

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/26/2018
Publication Date: 8/26/2018
Citation: Dunlap, C.A., Rector, B.G. 2018. Endophytes associated with the invasive weed, medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae). Meeting Abstract.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Medusahead is an invasive weed in the Great Basin region of the western United States. While the native range of medusahead is primarily the northern Mediterranean basin of Europe and Asia Minor, stretching east into SW Asia. Microbial endophytes play an important role in a plant’s ability to adapt to abiotic and biotic stresses. Currently, there is little knowledge on how endophytes enhance or alter the phenotype of invasive weeds. The goal of the current study is to compare the endophytes of medusahead in the native range to endophytes of medusahead in the introduced range. The results of culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches will be presented.