RNZ: New types of grasses being used to keep birds away

Grazzlanz Technology, based in Palmerston North, has received funding to continue research into the commercial development of specific grasses which birds and insects find unpleasant.

The growth of such grasses in airports and other public spaces could help to reduce the numbers of birds and insects in those spaces.

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“Grasslanz chief executive John Caradus says the company has already done some preliminary trials on a grass containing a specific endophyte, which birds will keep away from.

“He says it makes them ill and they do not come back to eat any more.”