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.

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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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