Carnivorous Plants: New Horizons in Hungry Foliage
Kettering, Regina D. .
Eating Bugs to Survive: A Review of the Biochemistry of Carnivorous Plants.
With the correct care, carnivorous plants can be successfully grown in a variety of environments. Carnivorous plants have evolved to survive in nutrient-poor soil by capturing and digesting prey. The nutrients from the digested prey are absorbed and used by the plant. When transplanted into a home garden or botanical environment, the biochemical ramifications of this evolution must be considered. Two main adaptations will be reviewed: the physical (trapping) mechanisms, specifically of Dionaea muscipula (Venus flytrap), and the macromolecular protease (digestion) limitations of carnivorous plants as a whole. Plant care will be discussed, with common misconceptions and assumptions about growing carnivorous plants and ways to compensate for suboptimal cultivation conditions based on these two biochemical limitations.
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1 - 1115 Beaver Rd., Pittsburgh, PA, 15143, USA
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 10:45 AM