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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
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.