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2009-09-15 16:34:40

U.S. scientists say they've discovered why some plants are carnivorous, relying on animal prey such as flies or other insects for sustenance. Harvard University researchers Jim Karagatzides and Aaron Ellison discovered such plants generally appear in environments that have few nutrients. Carnivory allows these plants to capture nutrients 'on the wing', said Ellison. But if it's so good to be a carnivorous plant in these kinds of environments, why aren't there more carnivorous plants? Knowing...

2009-09-15 08:33:02

Findings advance understanding of how complete food webs function Like the man-eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors, carnivorous plants rely on animal prey for sustenance. Fortunately for humans, carnivorous plants found in nature are not dependent on a diet of human blood but rather are satisfied with the occasional fly or other insect. The existence of carnivorous plants has fascinated botanists and non-botanists alike for centuries and raises the question, "Why are some plants...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'