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How important is meat to a curious carnivorous plant?

Drosophyllum lusitanicum, also known as the Portuguese sundew or dewy pine, is unusual even for carnivorous plants in that it lives in dry environments. Typically, carnivorous plants live in nutrient-poor wetlands, so does it really gain much from carnivory?

The mountains are getting warmer, and willow colonies are shrinking

Salix herbacea, as other arctic-alpine species, likely found a refuge from the Ice Age in the Apennines. As the climate changed around them, the trees survived in a fragmenting population. This fragmentation has genetic consequences.

A warming Antarctic is changing how mosses have sex

Mosses are reacting to rising temperatures in the Antarctic in different ways. The tiny plants could cause big changes to the food web.

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