Strangleweed video: Parasitic plant exchanges genetic messages with victims.
Parasitic Plant Punctures Victims and Trades Deceptive Genetic Messages (Video)
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Aug. 28 2014 2:08 PM

Strangleweed's Novel Tactics

The parasitic plant punctures its victims and trades deceptive genetic messages with them.


Strangleweed, also known as dodder, uses sharp appendages to puncture host plants and siphon off sugars—but researchers writing in Science say that’s not all it does.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.

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