7.02.11 - Parasitic flowering plants in forests
Parasitic flowering plants are keystone components of forest ecosystems worldwide. Through their complex life history, these plants often cause both negative and positive impacts on biological communities (including plants, animals, and microorganisms with which they might be directly or only indirectly linked). In the context of global change, alterations in the distribution, ecology, and physiology of parasitic plant species can be expected. Such alterations could lead to profound environmental impacts including increased host tree mortality, loss of breeding and foraging sites for animals, disruption of facilitation interactions, and overall loss of biodiversity.
In this context, this Unit focuses on the biology, ecology, systematics, pathology, and human uses of parasitic flowering plants in forest ecosystems. Our goal is to accelerate the understanding about the role, utilization, and management of parasitic flowering plants in forests with a view to minimizing negative effects and enhancing the valuable ecological services provided by these plants. Forest Biologists, Pathologists, Ecologists, Botanists, and others interested in this field are invited to participate in the Unit's activities by contacting the Working Party Coordinator and/or Deputies via the address information on this page.
Activities and events Unit 7.02.11
|Parasitic Plant-Microbe-Host Interaction and Parasitic Plant Ecology, Evolution and Climate Change – co-organized sessions with the International Parasitic Plant Society planned for the World Congress on Parasitic Plants
|online and Nara, Japan