Latest Pitcher plant Stories
An insect-eating pitcher plant teams up with ants to prevent mosquito larvae from stealing its nutrients
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.
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.
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.
Scientists from Cambridge University have found that a carnivorous plant employs the laws of physics to help it find its meals.
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.
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.
Findings advance understanding of how complete food webs function.