Parasitic plants use stolen genes to make them better parasites

Source: Science Daily

Some parasitic plants steal genetic material from their host plants and use the stolen genes to more effectively siphon off the host’s nutrients. A new study reveals that the parasitic plant dodder has stolen a large amount of genetic material from its hosts, including over 100 functional genes, through a process called horizontal gene transfer.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190722182130.htm