Grass is established at airports for a number of reasons. AVANEX® unique endophyte technology tall fescue and perennial ryegrass are utilised to potentially help reduce the numbers of ground feeding birds and thereby aiming to help to reduce birdstrike, a problem estimated to cost the aviation industry US1.2 billion dollars annually.
The establishment of AVANEX® at working airports must not in itself attract birds or create dust and debris that may be a hazard to aircraft. The options chosen for grass establishment should be low risk to aircraft.
To maximise effectiveness, grass with AVANEX® unique endophyte technology needs to completely replace the existing cover with little or no survival of the existing grass. Surviving non-endophyte grass can provide a haven for insects, negating the effect of AVANEX®. Interseeding into an existing grass sward is unlikely to be effective.