It may look like a fungus, but it's a parasitic plant.
Balanophora induces the vascular system of their host plant to grow into a tuber, forming a unique underground organ with mixed host-parasite tissue. This chimeric tuber is the interface where Balanophora steals nutrients…
Extreme example of genome shrinkage. Forming chimeric organs that mix host and parasite tissues 😳
Parasitic plant convinces hosts to grow into its own flesh—it's also an extreme example of genome shrinkage https://phys.org/news/2023-09-parasitic-convinces-hosts-fleshit-extreme.html via @physorg_com
For science fiction fans who like Xenobiology or parasitic stories: https://phys.org/news/2023-09-parasitic-convinces-hosts-fleshit-extreme.html
Couks be used n Zombie/Horror fiction as well
Really cool #fungus story
I wonder if something similar happens with parasitic humans who retain only the traits necessary to live as parasites but not to live independently of their hosts. https://phys.org/news/2023-09-parasitic-convinces-hosts-fleshit-extreme.amp
#Parasitic #plant convinces #hosts to grow into its own flesh—it's also an extreme example of #genome shrinkage.
#Balanophoraceae #evolution #genomics
The 42 known species of the parasitic plant Rafflesia, known as the corpse flower, are endangered due to the destruction of forest habitats. https://trib.al/5DpuOK9