More and more research is revealing that endophytes – microorganisms that live in the plant without harming it – can significantly boost a plant’s resistance to pests. These findings prompted researchers to investigate the potential of endophytes in pest control in greenhouse horticulture. Experiments in tomato, sweet pepper, bedding plants and chrysanthemum have shown that while the fungal isolates tested thus far don’t deliver complete pest control, they do significantly inhibit population growth.
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