Hitting Back at Dodder Vines (video) University of California - Davis Loading video... Caption Parasitic vines like dodder are major pests. UC Davis plant biologist Neelima Sinha talks about her work which helps plants fight off these parasites by attacking the connections where they tap into the host. Credit Andy Fell, UC Davis Usage Restrictions May be used with acknowledgement of the source. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.