Chemical Ecology of Parasitic Plant Associations
Parasitic angiosperms are unusual among parasitic organisms in that they and their hosts
are in the same order and are very similar physiologically. The comparable physiology of parasite and host
enables the parasite to create direct connections with host-plant conductive tissues and cells. Additionally,
the host and parasite are influenced by similar endogenous and exogenous physiological cues. We are
interested in what kinds of information can be shared across the host-parasite boundary and how this affects
both plants' responses to environmental conditions. Our research focuses on the use of novel methodology to
track transfer of resources and signaling molecules between host and parasite.