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Call for Papers: Parasitic Flowering Plants in Forests

Parasitic flowering plants are diverse in their morphology, with versatile physiological strategies and convoluted evolutionary histories. They can cause extensive negative and positive impacts to many ecological processes, as well as affect ecosystem productivity and biodiversity. As keystone components of natural and urban systems worldwide, parasitic flowering plants also have a role in global change biology.

To showcase the breadth of research on parasitic flowering plants, this special issue of Botany welcomes submissions on (but not limited to): conservation, anatomy, physiology, ecology, and management of unbalanced host-parasite relationships.

Submission deadline:  6 March 2023


  • Special Issue of "Botany" from Session D7d "Complex Interactions of Mistletoe, Ecosystems, and People"; XXV IUFRO World Congress; Curitiba, 29 September - 5 October 2019. Botany, 2020, 98(9). 
  • Special issue of "Botany" from the 2016 IUFRO Conference on Mistletoes: Pathogens, Keystone Resource, and Medicinal Wonder; Ashland, Oregon, USA; 17-22 July 2016. March 2017, Volume 95, Number 3.
  • Special issue of "Botany" on stem and shoot fungal pathogens and parasitic plants: eight papers of a session of 7.02.11 and 7.02.02, held at the XXII IUFRO World Congress in Brisbane, Australia, August 2005; vol.  87 (1): 1-63.(2009).


Mistletoes: Pathogens, Keystone Resource, and Medicinal Wonder; Ashland, Oregon, USA; 17-22 July 2016.
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  • Heide-Jorgenson, H.S.  2008.  Parasitic Flowering Plants.  Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Mathiasen, R.L., D.L. Nickrent, D.C. Shaw, and D.M. Watson. 2008. Mistletoes: Systematics, Pathology, Ecology, and Management. Plant Disease. 92: 988-1006.
  • Shaw, D.C. and R.L. Mathiasen.  2013.  Management of Higher Parasitic Plants – Mistletoes.  Chapter 5.  In:  Infectious Forest Diseases.  Edited by G. Nicolotti, and P. Gonthier.  CABI Press.  
  • Watson DM, Herring M. 2012. Mistletoe as a keystone resource: an experimental test. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 279: 3853–3860.