David Smith, Todd J. Barkman, Claude W. dePamphilis

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Around are considered parasites because they obtain water, mineral nutrients, sugars, and sometimes other materials from another plant. Parasitism in plants has much in common with other plant life-history strategies, but it is distinguished by having a direct, physiological connection called a haustorium. Modern techniques for phylogenetic reconstruction have demonstrated that parasitism has originated a dozen times within the flowering plants, including mistletoes, dodders, and many agriculturally important species. The ecology of the parasitic plants and the interaction with the host are briefly described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity, Third Edition
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128225622
ISBN (Print)9780323984348
StatePublished - Jan 1 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science

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