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The Chemical Tools of Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants need to manufacture a variety of specialised chemicals to lure, trap and digest prey.

Daphnia are bite-size for the carnivorous waterwheel plant

The Venus Fly Trap is not the only carnivorous plant with a snap-trap. Aldrovanda vesiculosa, the waterwheel plant, has one too but it's not always been clear how it works.

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?

UV light can guide flies to an Utterly Voracious plant

Students at Augustana University have found out how insects see carnivorous plants by building on each other's work in a series of projects.

The plant that farms other plants for food

It's not just animals that the bladderwort, Utricularia, eats. Two new papers are finding out how bladderworts also digest microscopic plants.

Non-insect-eating insectivorous plant

Probably the one thing one could guess about an insectivorous plant is that it ‘eats’ insects. Take for example one of the most iconic...

Meet the meat-munching plants

Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, ecology, and evolution edited by Aaron Ellison and Lubomír Adamec, 2017. Oxford University Press. Famously, Charles Darwin’s opinion of the Venus fly-trap...

Evolution of a carnivorous plant’s wood anatomy

Given the current pace of anthropogenic change, understanding plants' evolutionary response to shifting abiotic conditions is vitally important. Schwallier et al. analyse the relationships...

Carnivory, more than meets the eye…

No morsel of the victim is wasted when a plant traps its prey.

Evolution of genome size and GC content in Droseraceae

Previous studies have suggested that carnivory and holokinetic chromosomes might be associated with genome downsizing in plants. Veleba et al. analysed genome evolution in...

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