Mycoparasitism in plants Was: Anaerobic Fungi...

cws1 at cws1 at
Thu Mar 21 09:54:50 EST 1996

On Wed, 20 Mar 1996, Grunden Eric wrote:
> Oh, also, there are many
> cases of fungi parasitizing plants, but does the opposite ever
> occur? Is there a parasitic plant that exists off of fungi?

Sarcodes, Monotropa and other members of the subfamily Monotropoideae 
(Ericaceae) parasitize the mycorrhizal fungi of other plants, drawing off 
photosynthate.  They support a variation of the ericoid infection, termed 
(not surprisingly) a monotropoid infection.

The Orobanchaceae are another group of achlorophylous mycoparasites.  
Does anyone know what sort of infection morphology they support?

Curt Seeliger                cws1 at   
Soil Ecology Group (of 1!)   "Nature laughs last."
Humbled State University
Arcata, CA      95521

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