A Parasitology unit is taught by Dr Michelle Power at Macquarie Uni in Semester 3 (over the Australian Summer). For the 2012 course I gave a lecture and ran a prac class on parasitic plants. I set up a permanent display about mistletoes – with help from resident mistletoe specialist Marina Scalon of course! The display includes pictures of mistletoes in the field and a number of haustoria (the modified root of the parasitic plant that attaches to the host). All of the mistletoes specimens were collected during Marina’s fieldwork in the savannah near Darwin. Some of have been cut in half so that you can see the internal morphology of the haustoria – I think they are really rather lovely to look at! – Julia.