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  1. Vol. 73 No. 2, p. 378
    Received: June 30, 1980

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Grass Tetany Potential of Tall Fescue Infected with Epichloe typhina1

  1. J. W. Odom,
  2. R. L. Haaland,
  3. C. S. Hoveland and
  4. E. M. Clark2



The plant parasitic fungus Epichloe typhina (Pers.) Tul. has been implicated as the causal organism of bovine fescue toxicity, a syndrome of cattle grazing tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.). Since the fungus obtains its energy from the tall fescue plants, a greenhouse study was designed to determine the effect of fungal infection on plant uptake of those elements associated with grass tetany: Ca, Mg, and K. Epichloe typhina infection did not affect the mineral content, or, therefore, the grass tetany potential of tall fescue.

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