carnivorous plants


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carnivorous plants

plants which obtain at least some of their nutrients by trapping small animals, usually insects. In the UK such plants often grow in boggy places where nitrogen is difficult to obtain, extra nitrogen being extracted from the bodies of captured prey. The sundew Drosera and the bladderwort Utricularia are the commonest British carnivorous plants and are protected species.
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Although no previous study has investigated the effects of group size per se on prey capture in carnivorous plants, one experiment did manipulate plant density in Sarracenia purpurea, finding no difference between per-leaf capture rates in half-ambient vs.
Much of the native habitat of carnivorous plants is under threat; reputable nurseries propagate without harming wild populations.
the most numerous group of carnivorous plants in the world with more than 200 species, a dozen of which are found in New York--are marvelously adapted to a carnivorous lifestyle.
The carnivorous plant slowly digests its tasty meal.
Nevertheless, in spite or perhaps because of the proximity of their publication dates, this hoax in fact shows the greatest debt to Darwin's work on both evolution and carnivorous plants, as its (fictional) author compares the contents of the letter he is about to share with Darwin's "studies of drosera and sarracenia [the North American pitcher plant]," and compares himself to Darwin publishing on evolution: "My special and only motive for publishing prematurely [.
London, July 2 (ANI): Three species of a carnivorous plant, that feed on worms underground have been discovered, by botanists, in the Brazilian savannah.
Carnivorous plants are generalists, with a diet that includes diverse animals such as insects, arachnids, gastropods, and other arthropods (Alcala and Dominguez, 2003).
This little beast, called the Hardwicke's woolly bat, likes to curl up smaller than an iPod and snooze in comforting leaves of a carnivorous plant called a pitcher plant.
Composite structure of the crystalline epicuticular wax layer of the slippery zone in the pitchers of the carnivorous plant Nepenthes alata and its effect on insect attachment.
10 March 2010 - Danish enzyme makers Danisco A/S (CPH: DCO) and Novozymes A/S (CPH: NZYM B) and dairy co-operative Arla Foods have been granted DKK24m to study enzymes derived from snakes, spiders and carnivorous plants.
In the tropics, carnivorous plants trap unsuspecting prey in a cavity filled with liquid known as a "pitcher.