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“Symbiosis” denotes a close biological interaction between different species of organisms; that include mutualistic, commensalistic, and parasitic relationships. Because plants are anchored where they sprout, they often need to obtain nutrients via symbiotic relationships with other organisms. Parasitic plants deserve attention regarding the manner in which they obtain their nutritional requirements from other plants. Certain parasitic plants parasitize important crop species, and therefore pose a worldwide threat to agricultural production.

Our laboratory studies on Orobanchaceae, a family of parasitic species that includes noxious weed pests such as Striga, Orobanche and Phelipanche spp, and investigates the molecular mechanism of parasitism. Specifically, we focus on the parasitic weed Striga (witchweed) and the model parasitic plant Phtheirospermum japonicum. We apply molecular genetics, cell biology, and genome science methodologies and technologies to investigate the mysteries and evolution of parasitism, and to discover solutions for preventing parasitic damage to crops.

2024-04-08 The website has been updated.
2024-03-22 Graduation ceremony. Congratulations!
2023-10-06 The website has been updated.
2023-09-25 Graduation ceremony. Congratulations!
2023-07-04 The website has been updated.
2023-05-08 New M1 students joined our lab. Welcome!
2023-03-24 Graduation ceremony. Congratulations!
2022-10-01 New lab members, Xin and Ninghui joined us!
2022-09-16 Assistant professor Songkui Cui was joined another lab. Congratulations!
2022-9-14 Mafrikhul (D2) got the Best Oral Presentation Award on IPSR International Web Forum on Plant Stress Science by Early-Career Scientists 2022. Congratulations!
2022-7-28 Lei (D2) and Mengqi (research student) got the Poster Prize on the 16th World Congress On Parasitic Plants in Nairobi of the International Parasitic Plant Society. Congratulations!
2022-5-13 New M1 students joined our lab. Welcome!
2022-4-1 Our lab has moved to "4th floor of Biological Science Building C" from 3rd floor.
2022-3-24 Graduation ceremony.
2021-12-16 The event page has been updated.
2021-10-07 The website has been updated.
2021-09-10 Kawai (D2) received the Awarded young scientist on the 30th annual meeting of Japanese Society of Plant Microbe Interactions. [link]
2021-07-29 Assistant Professor Songkui Cui received the Umesono Prize in Division of Biological science.[link]
2021-07-27 The website has been updated.
2021-01-25 3D image of haustorium of parasitic plant was posted as the cover image of Plant Physiology.[link]
2020-10-02 The website has been updated.
2019-10-01 New lab members, Mafri, Xiang and Jia joined us!
2019-06-06 The website has been updated.
2019-05-24 Hiking at Mt.Shigi.
2019-05-24 Welcome patry for newcomers.
2019-04-26 New lab members, Aoki-san and Aizawa-san, joined us!
2019-04-11 Recruitment party for newcomers.

8916-5 Takayama-cho, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192, JAPAN

Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Division for Biological Science, Graduate School of Science and Technology

Plant Symbiosis Yoshida Laboratory
Professor Satoko Yoshida

Tel. +81-743-72-5481