Dr. David Hume

Acting Science Impact Leader

E: david.hume@agresearch.co.nz


PhD – Doctorate of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 1990. Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

BAgSc, First Class Honours, Senior Scholar. 1983. Lincoln College (Canterbury University), New Zealand.

Research interests & activities

David is a senior scientist in the Plant-Fungal Interactions team of Forage Improvement, and also a Science Impact Leader. He is based at the Grasslands campus of AgResearch in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
David is a pasture scientist specialising in ecology and agronomy of temperate pasture grasses. Over the last 25 years he has been a member of the multidisciplinary team investigating the effects of grass fungal (Epichloë) endophytes on plants and grazing animals.
Current projects include development of selected endophytes for pasture grasses and cereal grain crops.

Professional Memberships

  • New Zealand Grassland Association


Hume D.E., Ryan G.D., Gibert A., Helander M., Mirlohi A., Sabzalian M.R. 2016. Epichloë fungal endophytes for grassland ecosystems. In: Lichtfouse E (ed.) Sustainable Agriculture Reviews. Chapter 6. Pp 233-305. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 2016.

Hume, D. E., Sewell, J. C. (2014). Agronomic advantages conferred by endophyte infection of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) and tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) in Australia. Crop and Pasture Science, 65 (8), 747-757. doi:10.1071/CP13383

Hume, D. E., Card, S.D., Rolston, M. P. (2013). Effects of storage conditions on endophyte and seed viability in pasture grasses. Proceedings of the 22nd International Grassland Congress, Sydney Australia. 405-408.