• Responses of Rhizospheric Microbial Communities of Native and Alien Plant Species to Cuscuta Parasitism

    9 days ago - By Springer

    Abstract
    Parasitic plants have major impacts on host fitness. In the case of species of the holoparasitic Cuscuta genus, these impacts were shown to be particularly strong in some invasive alien plants, which has raised interest in the underlying mechanism. We hypothesized that Cuscuta parasitization may exert strong influence in shaping the diversity patterns in the host rhizosphere microbiome and that this may vary between native and alien plants. Here, we report on a field study exploring the effect of parasitization by Cuscuta australis on the rhizosphere microbiota of four plant...
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