The Maryland Native Plant Society

2019 Year of Parasitic Plants

"Far from being antagonistic or detrimental, more and more we are discovering that parasites play important roles in the ecology of our planet. They can serve as indicators of ecosystem health and even promote biodiversity, something we are all scrambling to understand and preserve." Matt Candeias from Mother Earth News


Invisible Connections: Introduction to Parasitic Plants. Dr. Vanessa Beauchamp, Towson University.  MNPS program February 26, 2019. 

An Introduction to Parasitic Plants (By Matt Candeias, Mother Earth News, 1/18/2016)

Social Life of the Forest (pdf, text only).  Trees appear to communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi. What are they sharing with one another? By Ferris Jabr Photographs by Brendan George Ko. New York Times Magazine 12/02/2020. Subscribers can view article online

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