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Hidden economies September 28, 2006

Posted by thebeam in The Byways.
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The last couple of days has seen a news story breaking breaking under our noses. A useless (well, at least to us) little plant, the Dodder Plant, has a ‘nose’ for tomatos.

From the International Herald Tribune

WASHINGTON The parasitic dodder plant does not have a nose, but it knows how to sniff out its prey.

The dodder attacks such plants as tomatoes, carrots, onions, citrus trees, cranberries, alfalfa and even flowers, and is a problem for farmers because chemicals that kill the pesky weed also damage the crops it feeds on.