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Parasitic Plants

Ana Maria Gonzalez

National University of the Northeast

Ana Maria Gonzalez is the director of the Northeast Botanical Institute, Corrientes, Argentina. She is a specialist in anatomical and embryological studies of various plant families, including holoparasites.


Hector Sato

National University of Jujuy

Hector Arnaldo Sato is a Dr. in the Natural Resources Area of the National University of the Northeast, Adjunct Professor of General Botany - Herbarium JUA of the Faculty of Agrarian Sciences of the National University of Jujuy. His research works focus on holoparasitic plants.


Parasitic Plants Families Phylogeny Taxonomy Diversity Holoparasites Hemiparasite Reproduction Characteristics Life Cycles Morphology Vegetative Body Pests

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Parasitic plants can feed directly on other plants by invading the stems or roots of host plants through highly modified structures or haustorios. Parasitic plants are classified into two categories: hemiparasites and holoparasites. The former is characterized by being capable of photosynthesis, which mainly absorbs water and solutes from their hosts. Holoparasites, on the other hand, represent the extreme condition of parasitism; they lack chlorophyll and are incapable of photosynthesis, depending completely on their host to live. As much as in the past and now in the present, parasitic plants have aroused the curiosity of many around the world, mainly for their strange forms of life and showy reproductive structures. Additionally, many represent great losses for the economy because they are crop parasites, while in contrast, the conservation of others is threatened.

This book analyses parasitic plants from a global perspective, emphasizing particular cases due to the relevance of their biology, morphology, and anatomy. This book will also deal with their relationship to man.

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Ana Maria Gonzalez

National University of the Northeast

Ana Maria Gonzalez is the director of the Northeast Botanical Institute (Corrientes, Argentina), where she is an independent researcher in the Career of Scientific Researcher of CONICET. She is also in charge of the Plant Anatomy Laboratory at the Institute. She is the editor-in-chief of the journal Boletín de la Sociedad Argentina de Botánica. Her teaching career includes being a Professor of Biology at the Universidad Nacional del Chaco Austral (Saenz Peña, Chaco, Argentina), and of Vascular Plant Morphology, Faculty of Agriculture, National University of the Northeast (Corrientes, Argentina). She is a postgraduate lecturer in the master's and doctoral courses at the Faculty of Agriculture, where she teaches numerous courses in anatomy, histology and bioimaging techniques. She has seventy published works and more than 130 papers at botanical congresses.

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