The trap snaps shut: Researchers isolate the substance that causes venus flytraps to close
The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant luring insect prey with drops of liquid. The trap snaps shut like a steel jaw when an insect touches one of the very fine hairs within. The prey is caught digestion ...
Bio-inspired coating resists liquids
After a rain, the cupped leaf of a pitcher plant becomes a virtually frictionless surface. Sweet-smelling and elegant, the carnivore attracts ants, spiders, and even little frogs. One by one, they slide to ...
Carnivorous plant traps worms with sticky leaves
Plants eat the darndest things. Scientists have discovered a small flowering plant living in the sandy soils of Brazil that traps nematodes, or roundworms, with sticky underground leaves -- and gobbles them ...
Plants with pocket-sized genomes
Members of Genlisea, a genus of carnivorous plants, possess the smallest genomes known in plants. To elucidate genomic evolution in the group as a whole, researchers have now surveyed a wider range of species, ...
Aquatic carnivorous plants with ultra-fast traps studied
How do Utricularia, aquatic carnivorous plants commonly found in marshes, manage to capture their preys in less than a millisecond? A team of French physicists from the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique ...
Scientists discover carnivorous plant using sticky catapulting tentacles
The first detailed analysis of a WA native carnivorous plant by a group of German scientists has confirmed the presence of a unique mechanism for trapping prey.
Leaves of carnivorous plants emit flower scents to attract their prey
In South-East Asia, the leaves of the carnivorous plant Nepenthes rafflesiana mimic flowers biochemically in order to trap insects.
Researchers identify wildlife refugia in Dartmoor National Park
Researchers from the University of Exeter are surveying Dartmoor to identity places that shelter wildlife from climate change.
Pollution makes carnivorous plants go vegetarian
Nitrogen pollution is giving carnivorous plants on Swedish bogs so many nutrients that they don't need to catch as many flies, new research shows.
Plants release chemical weapons and deploy insect armies in their defence
Animals have an easy life. They can run, hide, or bite back when predators are on the prowl. Plants cannot. Instead they have evolved to deploy a range of defence mechanisms including chemical warfare and ...
Snaring bigger bugs gave flytraps evolutionary edge
(PhysOrg.com) -- Carnivorous plants defy our expectations of how plants should behave, with Venus flytraps employing nerve-like reflexes and powerful digestive enzymes to capture and consume fresh meat.
Death traps: How carnivorous plants catch their prey
A new species of meat-eating plant was identified in Japan last month – but it is only one of more than 600 species of carnivorous plant around the world. ...
From carnivorous plants to the medicine cabinet?
In the tropics, carnivorous plants trap unsuspecting prey in a cavity filled with liquid known as a "pitcher."
Ocean heatwave decimates vital seaweed habitat
The decimation of a seaweed that provides vital habitat for an interdependent web of marine species off the WA coast, as a consequence of a record ocean heatwave, has been revealed in a paper published in ...