September 26, 2016

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  • Chitin-induced nepenthesin activity in the pitcher fluid of Nepenthes alata.

    Prey-induced responses in carnivorous Nepenthes

    Carnivorous plants of the genus Nepenthes catch and digest prey, mainly arthropods, in their pitcher traps in order to obtain additional nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphate. The digestive character of the pitcher fluid is well known; other features of the fluid are less well understood, in particular the induction and regulation of its composition. […] More