Dodder wrapped around host plant

Dodder wrapped around host plant

Dodder wrapped around host plant

Dodder, a parasitic plant that steals nutrients from its host plants, also sends genetic material into the host to shut down host genes. According to a new study, the parasite targets host genes that are evolutionarily conserved and sends over multiple versions of its genetic weaponry to ensure effectiveness across a variety of host species.

IMAGE: Nathan Johnson, Penn State