Horizontal Gene Transfer by the Parasitic Plant Striga hermonthica

  title={Horizontal Gene Transfer by the Parasitic Plant Striga hermonthica},
  author={Satoko Yoshida and Shinichiro Maruyama and Hisayoshi Nozaki and Ken Shirasu},
  pages={1128 - 1128}
Genes have transferred from a crop plant to an evolutionarily divergent parasitic weed. Horizontal gene transfer has been postulated to occur between crops to co-occurring parasitic plants, but empirical evidence has been lacking. We present evidence that an HGT event moved a nuclear monocot gene into the genome of the eudicot parasite witchweed (Striga hermonthica), which infects many grass species in Africa. Analysis of expressed sequence tags revealed that the genome of S. hermonthica… 
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