Weedy Wonder of the Week (9.28.11)

-E. Taylor

As the field season is winding down we are moving back into the greenhouses. These Weed Wonder of the Week photos come from undergraduate student David Reif who is studying the host specificity and control of the parasitic weed dodder (Cuscuta spp.). He is having much better luck getting the dodder to attach to his sugarbeets and weeds this fall, likely because we have a new seed source. David will be presenting his research findings this December at the North Central Weed Science Society meeting in Milwaukee, WI.

Dodder on velvetleaf

Dodder on velvetleaf

Dodder attachment sites

Dodder attachment sites

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