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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. According to a new study by Harvard University, the predator-prey interactions among pitcher plant inhabitants provide an ideal model for understanding food webs...

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...

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...

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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