Takanori Wakatake

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Nara Institute of Science and Technology*Profile is at the time of the award.

2024Inamori Research GrantsBiology & Life sciences

Research topics
Understanding and regulation of xylem sap translocation between parasitic plants and host plants
Parasitic plants thrive by siphoning nutrients from host plants through vascular connections. Although these connections facilitate the bidirectional movement of various substances, the transport mechanisms are not well understood. This research investigates leaf transpiration to better grasp how parasitic plants extract xylem sap from host plants, to shed light on and possibly control this process.


Parasitic plants, with their remarkable ability to connect their vascular systems to other plants, are fascinating. I am endlessly intrigued by their capabilities and eagerly anticipate conducting the planned experiments.

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