New member at large Luiza Teixeira-Costa, PhD

My research in parasitic plant biology encompasses the broad diversity of these plants, from mistletoes, to the cryptic Rafflesiaceae, and the widely known Cuscuta. Using a variety of methods, from plant morphology and physiology, to phylogenetic analyses, I investigate haustorium development and evolution across the different clades among which parasitic plants have evolved. I’m also interested in host-plant specificity in different parasites, trying to understand what mechanisms could govern the process of host selection. As a new Member At Large beginning this year, I hope to help IPPS in elaborating and improving the Haustorium newsletter. I wish to use my experience in working with a wide variety of parasitic plant species to continue making Haustorium a forum for all people interested in these diverse and peculiar plants.