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dodder

Chinese medicine
A parasitic growth on plants, the seeds of which are tonic, nutritive and general stimulants. Dodder is used to strengthen the musculoskeletal system, retard ageing and improve vision, and it has been used for impotence, premature ejaculation, urinary frequency and incontinence, diarrhoea, low back pain, pre-senile dementia, prostate problem, threatened abortion, tinnitus, vertigo and blurred vision.

Herbal medicine
European dodder has been used by Western herbalists as a laxative and for renal and hepatic disease.

dodder

see cuscuta.
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Correlations between the number of dodder stems connecting donor and receiver plants and any of the response variables measured were low and not significant (P > 0.
Using a dodder live-bridge system, this study sought to investigate whether nutrient supplementation and/or shading for one host plant affects the growth rate of an unmanipulated receiver plant.
Collectively, these results suggest that few (if any) nutrients passed through dodder from the donor to the receiver host plant.
Previous research on dodder physiology may explain why nutrients were not able to pass from one host plant to another through dodder.
Additional experiments that include dodder biomass as a response variable would be necessary to confirm this hypothesis.
field studies of natural populations must be used to examine how parasitic dodder mediates interactions among native species in a more realistic setting.
Lanini for providing dodder seed and greenhouse space for this study, L.
Acquisition and transmission of viruses by dodder (Cuscuta subinclusa).