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Kirsten works on sensing and signaling at molecular, cellular and organismic level, its evolution and its role in parasitic plants, with a particular emphasis on the genus Cuscuta.
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A host-free transcriptome for haustoriogenesis in Cuscuta campestris: signature gene expression identifies markers of successive development stages

The development of the infection organ of the parasitic angiosperm genus Cuscuta is a dynamic process that is normally obscured from view as it happens endophytically in its host. We artificially induced haustoriogenesis in C. campestris by far-red light to define specific morphologically different stages and analyze their transcriptional patterns. This information enabled us to extract sets of high-confidence […]

January 31, 2022