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Carnivorous Plants Turning Vegetarian
2012-06-15 06:38:40

It´s a bad sign when even carnivorous plants decide to embrace a vegetarian lifestyle. A newly published study in New Phytologist journal has revealed the common Sundew plant is becoming so full from snacking on nitrogen deposits in Swedish bogs, that they´re eating fewer bugs. These bogs are normally scant in the way of nitrogen, therefore the plants have taken to snacking on insects to supplement their diet. However, as human activities (such as industrialization and other...

2012-03-20 11:38:03

The foot hills of the Western Ghats are a remarkable habitat. Formed of Laterite (a hard rock) outcrops, they are a barren land during summer. Yet, as soon as the monsoon rains start, they sprout vibrant plant carpets in blue, pink and white. This seasonal vegetation is formed mainly by pipeworts and insectivorous plants, such as bladderworts or sundews. The species combinations differ greatly along the Western Ghats and the rich plant growth attracts many birds, butterflies and other...

Scientists Discover New Carnivorous Plant In Brazil
2012-01-10 14:02:11

In the kind of discovery seldom seen in modern biology, scientists say they have discovered a carnivorous Brazilian plant that uses sticky, subterranean leaves to catch and digest worms–an evolutionary strategy for acquiring nutrients that has never before been observed in the plant kingdom. Researchers say that the rare plant, known to scientists as Philcoxia minensis, has only been found in a handful of increasingly rare savannah regions in inland Brazil. In a report of their...

2011-12-28 08:00:00

The Biological Sciences Social Network Life-Sciences.net features the latest scientific publications in Biology. The most recently featured articles deal with a spectrophotometric method for determining polysaccharides in Echinacea purpurea and In vitro plantlet production of the endangered Pinguicula vulgaris. These as well as all other articles are now available on a new website dedicated to mobile viewing. (PRWEB) December 28, 2011 The Biological Sciences Social Network Life-Sciences.net...

2010-08-18 02:54:25

Why do some insect-eating plants like sundews keep their flowers so far away from their traps? New research suggests that it isn't a clever trick to keep pollinators safe, it's about getting pollinated Sex can be complicated at the best of times, but plants have an extra difficulty. If you're a plant who relies on insects to pollinate your flowers and reproduce, you will want your flowerstalks to be long. That way your flowers are on display to insects above the crowd. But if your stalk is...

2010-08-04 13:46:57

Charles Darwin described the Venus Flytrap as 'one of the most wonderful plants in the world.' It's also one of the fastest as many an unfortunate insect taking a stroll across a leaf has discovered. But what powers this speed? Dr Andrej Pavlovič of Comenius University, Slovakia, has been studying the plants with the help of some specialised equipment and a few unlucky insects. In the wild the Venus Flytrap grows in the bogs and savannahs of North and South...

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2010-03-31 13:30:00

Scientists in the United Kingdom are reporting evidence that consumption of insects contaminated with a toxic metal may be a factor in the mysterious global decline of meat-eating, or carnivorous, plants. Their study describes how meals of contaminated insects have adverse effects on the plants. It appears in ACS' semi-monthly journal Environmental Science & Technology. Iain Green and Christopher Moody note that many species of carnivorous plants "” which have the amazing ability to...

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2010-02-19 10:10:00

New Tel Aviv University research investigates anti-fungal agents in the sticky "pitchers" of carnivorous plants In the tropics, carnivorous plants trap unsuspecting prey in a cavity filled with liquid known as a "pitcher." The moment insects like flies, ants and beetles fall into a pitcher, the plant's enzymes are activated and begin dissolving their new meal, obtaining nutrients such as carbon and nitrogen which are difficult to extract from certain soils. Carnivorous plants also possess a...

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...

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2009-07-20 13:25:00

Scientists have traced the origin of the Venus flytrap and another predatory plant back to a single ancestor with sticky leaves. Botanists told BBC Earth News that the plants' evolution was a result of the need to devour larger animals. This evolution caused the plants to develop new forms of weapons, including teeth and sensor hairs. There are several plants known to man that hunt prey using an array of tools. Scientists focused on the Venus flytrap and the waterwheel plant. The waterwheel...


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