Transcriptomics exposes the uniqueness of parasitic plants.

Briefings in functional genomics

PubMedID: 25700082

Ichihashi Y, Mutuku JM, Yoshida S, Shirasu K. Transcriptomics exposes the uniqueness of parasitic plants. Brief Funct Genomics. 2015;.
Parasitic plants have the ability to obtain nutrients directly from other plants, and several species are serious biological threats to agriculture by parasitizing crops of high economic importance. The uniqueness of parasitic plants is characterized by the presence of a multicellular organ called a haustorium, which facilitates plant-plant interactions, and shutting down or reducing their own photosynthesis. Current technical advances in next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics have allowed us to dissect the molecular mechanisms behind the uniqueness of parasitic plants at the genome-wide level. In this review, we summarize recent key findings mainly in transcriptomics that will give us insights into the future direction of parasitic plant research.