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Attack of the Parasitic Plant (Cuscuta)

GNOBB would like to share a very interesting video on parasitic plants shared by GNOBB member Saima Shahid who is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pennsylvania State University, USA.


This video is about a parasitic plant Cuscuta pentagona (dodder). It lives by forming connection via haustoria (a slender projection from root) to host plants. The time lapse video of dodder interacting with Arabidopsis and Tomato shows the amazing adaptation of dodder plant to locate and parasitize host plants. Ms. Saima Shahid is working on the role of Cuscuta microRNAs in trans-species targeting of host plant genes as a part of her Ph.D. work. This video on host-parasite interaction has been created by their collaborator in Virginia Tech research group.Enjoy!

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