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2012-07-25 13:59:34

Dodder vines are parasitic plants that suck water, nutrients and information from other plants as they spread over them. Plant biologists at the University of California, Davis, have now shown that they can make plants resistant to dodder by attacking the junctions where the parasite taps into the host. "We think that this will translate into other parasitic plants," said Neelima Sinha, professor of plant biology at UC Davis, who led the project. The work was published online July 20 by...

Parasitic Plants Are Stealing Genes From Their Hosts
2012-06-08 07:41:04

New research published today in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Genomics reveals that the Malaysian parasitic plant Rafflesia cantleyi, with its 50cm diameter flowers, has 'stolen' genes from its host Tetrastigma rafflesiae. Analysis of these genes shows that their functions range from respiration to metabolism, and that some of them have even replaced the parasites own gene activity. Vertical gene transfer is that between parents and their offspring, while horizontal gene...

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2010-12-07 12:10:00

Conservationists said that mistletoe could vanish from British halls and doorways within the next 20 years.  The National Trust fears that the decline of traditional apple orchards, where mistletoe thrives, may lead to the parasitic plants disappearing. The trust is leading a campaign to prompt orchard owners and gardeners to think about nurturing the plant and wants household owners to ensure they buy sustainably sourced mistletoe. It said that in the cider heartland traditional...

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2006-09-28 19:50:00

WASHINGTON -- The parasitic dodder plant doesn't have a nose, but it knows how to sniff out its prey. The dodder attacks such plants as tomatoes, carrots, onions, citrus trees, cranberries, alfalfa and even flowers, and is a problem for farmers because chemicals that kill the pesky weed also damage the crops it feeds on. So discovering how it finds its prey might help lead to a way to block the weed, or for crops to defend themselves, say researchers at Pennsylvania State University. The...


Latest Parasitic plant Reference Libraries

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2005-06-23 10:19:58

Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) is a flowering plant of the genus Rhinanthus in the family Scrophulariaceae. This is a semi-parasitic plant that gains some of its nutrients from the roots of neighboring plants. The name refers to the seedpods, which contain loose, rattling seeds when ripe.

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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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