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Specialized branches of hyphae that penetrate host cells and absorb nutrients from them.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



in plants, unicellular or multicellular formations that serve to absorb various substances.

Haustoria in parasitic angiosperms (for example, in the dodder and the broomrape) are multicellular formations that are, for the most part, modified roots. They develop upon contact of the parasitic plant with the body of the host plant, taking root in the host’s tissue and absorbing nutritive substances from it. The haustoria of endosperms and of other structures of the embryonic sac in certain angiosperms are modified cells that serve to increase the intake of nutritive substances by the embryo from the surrounding tissues. In fungi the haustoria are outgrowths of the fungus cells that penetrate into the host’s cells.

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Its root-like organs, called haustoria, seek out the roots of nearby crops, then rob them of water, nutrients, and life.
infests its host by coiling around the host stem or leaf and sending haustoria into the host's vascular system (Kelly 1992).
Fungi attack algal filaments by specialized hyphal branches, or haustoria, and often continue to grow inside algal filaments.
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Interface between haustoria of parasitic members of the Scrophulariaceae and their hosts: A histochemical and immunocytochemical approach.