project . 2015 - 2017 . Closed

Evolutionary consequences of facultative plant parasitism

UK Research and Innovation
  • Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: NE/N006739/1
  • Funded under: NERC Funder Contribution: 31,052 GBP
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    01 Dec 2015
    End Date
    30 Nov 2017
Description
Parasitism is a widespread phenomenon in the natural world, with dramatic consequences for hosts, parasites, and their communities. There are over 3,000 described parasitic plant species, including mistletoes, the important grassland plant Rhinanthus, and the agricultural pest Striga. A particularly interesting, yet poorly studied group, are the facultative hemiparasites-which can grow and reproduce independent of a host, but grow more vigorously after host attachment. Facultative hemiparasitism represents a remarkably flexible growing strategy, which has largely been overlooked in preference of studies of obligate parasites-organisms which require a host to com...
Description
Parasitism is a widespread phenomenon in the natural world, with dramatic consequences for hosts, parasites, and their communities. There are over 3,000 described parasitic plant species, including mistletoes, the important grassland plant Rhinanthus, and the agricultural pest Striga. A particularly interesting, yet poorly studied group, are the facultative hemiparasites-which can grow and reproduce independent of a host, but grow more vigorously after host attachment. Facultative hemiparasitism represents a remarkably flexible growing strategy, which has largely been overlooked in preference of studies of obligate parasites-organisms which require a host to com...
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