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Venus Fly Trap Snapping Mechanism Studied
2012-11-17 06:49:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The mechanics behind the way that a Venus fly trap snaps its leaves in order to trap and feed upon insects, and how that process could one day be used to improve upon a plethora of different products, is the topic of new research by experts at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Aix-Marseille University in Marseille, France. As the American Institute of Physics (AIP) points out in a November 16 statement...

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

[ Watch the Video ] We´re all quite familiar with carnivorous plants. Plants such as the venus flytrap feed on flies and other insects, providing an appetizing place for bugs to feed before snatching them up in their jaws and feeding on the remains. Now, scientists from Cambridge University have found that a similarly carnivorous plant employs the laws of physics to help it find its meals. Hailing from south-east Asia, “Pitcher Plants” (or Nepenthes gracilis to those in...

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...

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...

2010-01-27 06:49:42

New material finds 'needle in a haystack,' shows promise for clean-up Not every object is food to a Venus flytrap. Like the carnivorous plant, a new material developed at Northwestern University permanently traps only its desired prey, the radioactive ion cesium, and not other harmless ions like sodium. The synthetic material, made from layers of a gallium, sulfur and antimony compound, is very selective. The Northwestern researchers found it to be extremely successful in removing cesium --...

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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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2008-10-06 07:35:00

These days, the venus flytrap is more vulnerable than ever and despite its popularity, the people who could protect it seem focused on other problems. One of nature's most recognized wonders, the venus flytrap's ability to snatch living prey makes it a favorite fascination of school-aged children everywhere. The flytrap's natural habitat is located within a hundred miles of the Carolinas' coast, where much larger and more territorial plants have always held forth. However, booming growth and...


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