Our understanding of how obligate parasites in the Orobanchaceae sense host germination stimulants has advanced dramatically in the last several years, with some important discoveries arriving in just the last few months. In the Plant Physiology Focus Issue on Parasitic Plants, I have attempted to sum up the current state of knowledge for this area and describe where these findings may lead in the future. A unique feature of this review is an idea I propose for how closely related parasites might have evolved germination responses to different strigolactones. Apologies for the length, but I hope you will find it an enjoyable read!
“The mechanism of host-induced germination in root parasitic plants” https://academic.oup.com/plphys/article-abstract/185/4/1353/6127192