B0004464 TS dodder haustoria penetrating host stem. LM
Credit: Spike Walker. Wellcome Images
Light micrograph of a transverse section through dodder (Cuscuta sp) and its host stem, showing haustoria penetrating the host tissues. The section was stained with safranin and fast green. The safranin has stained the lignin in the xylem a reddish colour. Dodder has colourless twining stems and short-lived roots. It can seriously reduce the yield of crop plants.
light microscopy
2003 Published: –

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