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If someone were to buy Perennial Rye seed that is tamped "garunteed endophyte free" does that mean the grass that is grown from that seed will be endophyte free? Thanks - Horses [Skip to Content]
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If someone were to buy Perennial Rye seed that is tamped "garunteed endophyte free" does that mean the grass that is grown from that seed will be endophyte free?

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ANSWER

Endophyte free seed, whether it is ryegrass, fescue, or another variety of grass seed that is prone to being infected with an edophyte fungus, is guaranteed to be free of the endophyte at the time of sale. The plants that result from those seeds should be, and usually are free of endophyte, at least initially. If there are no endophyte infected perennial rye pastures or lawns in the immediate vicinity, then the likelihood is that the pasture should remain endophyte free for several years. However, if there is endophyte infected perennial rye in the immediate vicinity, or worse yet, if you are seeding into an infected pasture, then chances are that the endophyte will colonize the previously endophyte free plants.







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