Host-to-Parasite Gene Transfer in Flowering Plants: Phylogenetic Evidence from Malpighiales

@article{Davis2004HosttoParasiteGT,
  title={Host-to-Parasite Gene Transfer in Flowering Plants: Phylogenetic Evidence from Malpighiales},
  author={Charles C. Davis and Kenneth J. Wurdack},
  journal={Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={305},
  pages={676 - 678}
}
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) between sexually unrelated species has recently been documented for higher plants, but mechanistic explanations for HGTs have remained speculative. We show that a parasitic relationship may facilitate HGT between flowering plants. The endophytic parasites Rafflesiaceae are placed in the diverse order Malpighiales. Our multigene phylogenetic analyses of Malpighiales show that mitochrodrial (matR) and nuclear loci (18S ribosomal DNA and PHYC) place Rafflesiaceae in… 

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