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Avanex
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

      A natural fungus (endophyte) that lives in grass and produces chemicals that make birds feel sick when ingested, but does not harm them. This endophytic grass also reduces insect numbers, thus making the area less attractive to insect-feeding birds. The birds are deterred from flocking in those grassed areas, and it has been effective in reducing bird numbers at several New Zealand airports thus minimising the risk of bird collisions with aircraft. It has a potential for use in airports around the world, as well as orchards and golf courses, in temperate environments. 

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