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Ants Benefit Pitcher Plant Hosts By Hunting Nutrient Stealing Parasites
2013-05-23 10:00:53

An insect-eating pitcher plant teams up with ants to prevent mosquito larvae from stealing its nutrients

Researchers Use Pitcher Plants To Identify Signs Of Trouble Dead Ahead
2013-04-24 12:13:10

The water-filled pool within a pitcher plant, it turns out, is a tiny ecosystem whose inner workings are similar to those of a full-scale water body.

Carnivorous Pitcher Plants Play Host To Complex Food Web
2013-04-03 09:00:17

At first glance, pitcher plants appear to be simple carnivorous plants that entrap and digest hapless insects that fall into them. However, a closer look reveals a complex food web of fly larvae, rotifers, midge larvae, and bacteria that exist within the plants’ pitcher.

Pitcher Plant Creates 'Waterslide Of Death' With Tiny Hairs
2012-12-19 14:10:39

Researchers have observed for the first time how a Venezuelan pitcher plant uses moisture on its tiny hairs to create a ‘waterslide of death’, sending unsuspecting ants further down into the plant, where they are eventually digested.

This Plant Uses Raindrops To Catapult Food
2012-06-15 05:36:05

Scientists from Cambridge University have found that a carnivorous plant employs the laws of physics to help it find its meals.

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2010-08-25 08:11:41

Scientists at the University of Oregon have determined the fine-scale genetic structure of the first animal to show an evolutionary response to rapid climate change.

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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.

2009-09-15 08:33:02

Findings advance understanding of how complete food webs function.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.