Witchweed and crop

Witchweed and crop

crops and the flowering parasitic plant witchweed

The parasitic plant witchweed, which has bright flowers, has a variety of hosts, including the important cereal crop sorghum. A new study reveals that sorghum plants where witchweed is most prevalent are locally adapted to deal with the parasite by having a mutation in the LGS1 gene.

IMAGE: S.M. Runo, Kenyatta University