Planting parasites: Unveiling common molecular mechanisms of parasitism and grafting

IMAGE: (Left) Parasitism between the roots of P. japonicum and Arabidopsis. (Right) Grafting of P. japonicum with Arabidopsis. Yellow arrow heads indicate the grafted points. view more  Credit: Michitaka Notaguchi Using the model Orobanchaceae parasitic plant Phtheirospermum japonicum, scientists from Nagoya University and other research institutes from Japan have discerned the molecular mechanisms underlying plant parasitism […]