In this episode of Croptastic, we’re joined by James Westwood. James is a professor at Virginia Tech whose research focuses on parasitic plants, plant communication, and weed evolution. He’s also the lead author of “Weed Management in 2050: Perspectives on the Future of Weed Science.”

As an award winning researcher, author and professor, James shares what he’s learned about weeds. In this episode, he walks through how parasitic weeds have evolved to exchange information with their hosts. In 2019, he won the Fulbright Scholar award for this work.