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Parasitic Weed Uses Chemical Cues to Find Host Plant

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Science  29 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5795, pp. 1867
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5795.1867a

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Dodder, a plant that parasitizes other plants, sniffs out its victim, researchers report on page 1964 of this issue of Science. The work bolsters the notion that plants have a chemical language, an idea that's been hotly debated for the past 2 decades. (Read more.)