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EDIS Update: Dodder

Dodder is a parasitic weed, meaning it relies on a host plant to survive, and is in a group of over 150 species in the genus Cuscuta. Hosts can be a variety of plants, including landscape and nursery ornamentals, causing concerns for homeowners, landscape professionals and commercial growers alike.

Photo Credit: Kaley Mierek, UF/IFAS

Dodder is a leafless and string-like weed in appearance and can easily spread in greenhouses, nurseries and landscapes. To be able to control Dodder successfully, a basic understanding of the weed, its germination and biology is critical.

For more information about Dodder and its habits, check out the new EDIS publication by MREC faculty member Dr. Chris Marble and former research assistant Kaley Mierek entitled Biology and Management of Dodder (Cuscuta spp.) in Ornamental Crop Production and Landscapes.

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