Scientists in Ireland have found that growing fungus inside barley helps the plants ward off disease. Brian Murphy, a botanist at Trinity College Dublin, has also shown that an inoculation of fungus allows plants to thrive in harsh conditions. The fungal treatment helped when the scientists made the plants suffer and exposed them to drought, stress, and disease.It helped all at once. 🙂
The plants treated with fungi had six times the survival rate as those without.
If this technology pans out, it could replace pesticides in some situations which would have in a long term, positve effects on the biodiversity.
Image: Endophytic fungi growing between tall fescue cells by Nick Hill