Discovering the causes and consequences of the enigmatic cytoplasmic continuity between parasitic dodder and its hosts
Dr. Kirsten Krause is Professor for Plant Molecular Biology and leader of the “Microbes and Plants” research group at the Department of Arctic and and Marine Biology, UiT. Her goal as Professor for Plant Molecular Biology, is to understand how plants adapt to different challenges in their environments. My earlier work on cellular networks has led me to the group of holoparasitic plants, which steal the nutrients that other plants produce. These parasites and their ingenious molecular inventions that enable them to infect different plants without encountering any serious defence actions are focus of the TFS-Toppforsk project “Enigma”.
Media coverage: (related to publication of the first genome of a parasitic plant, Cuscuta campestris, in Nature Communications this year (see also Altmetrics Score; https://www.altmetric.com/details/44233212)