The pilostyles genome sequencing project

Pilostyles (Apodanthaceae) is a small genus of 12 species, all of them living as holo-endoparasites on stems of various legume lineages. This fascinating group of plants likely represents the most reduced flowering parasitic plants from genomic to structural grounds, as they hold one of the most reduced plastomes known across green plants, and have undergone a complete reduction of vegetative meristems and organs. Pilostyles boyacensis, a recently  described species in the Colombian Andes, is one of our emerging, non-model  species to study various aspects of plant-plant parasitism in the tropics.