Navigation Links
Exploring the inner world of carnivorous plants
Date:2/28/2013

Professor Enrico Coen from the John Innes Centre has been awarded 2.5M EU funding to explore the growth and evolution of carnivorous plants.

"Carnivorous plants turn the normal order of nature upside down, eating animals instead of being eaten by them," said Karen Lee, a researcher working on the project at the John Innes Centre.

"They present us with a fascinating example of how new shapes and structures evolve in nature."

Carnivorous plants grow cup-shaped leaves to catch their prey of insects, protozoa and even tadpoles and occasionally small mammals. The extra nutrients they acquire in this way allow them to live in nutrient-poor locations.

The JIC scientists have used 3D imaging techniques to give an inside view of these remarkable leaf structures. This is part of a new project to convey the inner world of plants through new imaging methods.

The carnivorous habit and the leaf shapes needed to trap prey have evolved repeatedly in independent orders of flowering plants. This suggests that relatively simple changes might be behind the evolution this complex form.

"To understand the origin of such forms, we need to know how they develop and how one form may be derived from another," said Lee.

The researchers in Coen's group will focus on a genus called Ultricularia, commonly known as bladderworts. They live in aquatic environments and obtain essential nutrients from water-fleas and protozoans in lieu of having roots. Leaves are shaped into vessels with a trap door and attached trigger hairs. When an animal brushes against the hairs, the door opens and the animal is sucked in and digested

Combining observations in growing plants, 3D imaging and genetic analysis, the team will gain new insights into rules of growth at cellular and tissue levels and how they are controlled genetically. The scientists will also investigate whether there are common principles between different carnivorous plants and also with other plants and even animals.


'/>"/>
Contact: Zoe Dunford
zoe.dunford@nbi.ac.uk
07-768-164-185
Norwich BioScience Institutes
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Winners of 10th annual International Science & Technology Visualization Challenge announced
2. Biophysical Society announces winners of 2013 international travel awards
3. Biophysical Society announces winners of 2013 Education Committee travel awards
4. Biophysical Society announces winners of 2013 CPOW travel awards
5. Music with dinner: Whales sing during foraging season, not just while breeding
6. Young Investigator Award winners announced by Anatomy Society
7. Research gets real - Public votes determine winner of $100,000 research prize
8. Winners named in 2012 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award Competition
9. New study reveals more inspiring reasons to serve veggies at dinner
10. SETAC announces Chris Lee Award for metals research winner, Kevin Brix
11. Joint UT study: Reading food labels helps shoppers stay thinner
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/12/2017)... 2017  New research undertaken by Fit Small Business ... 1,000 participants were simply asked which office technology had they ... consider standard issue.  Insights on what will be ... from futurists and industry leaders including Penelope Trunk , ... Some of these findings included; ...
(Date:1/6/2017)... Jan. 6, 2017  Privately-held CalciMedica, Inc., announced ... healthy volunteers of a novel calcium release-activated calcium ... pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis, sudden painful ... disorder, but can be very serious.  In severe cases ... where extended hospital stays, time in the ICU ...
(Date:1/4/2017)... , Jan. 4, 2017  CES 2017 – ... biometric sensor technology, today announced the launch of ... sensor systems, the highly-accurate biometric sensor modules that ... biometric technology, experience and expertise. The two new ... designed specifically for hearables, and Benchmark BW2.0, a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... January 24, 2017 , ... Nor-Tech’s ... Nor-Tech cluster with user-friendly bootable Intel KNL. , Currently Cal Tech researchers ... Nor-Tech’s demo cluster. The demo cluster is a no-cost, no-strings opportunity for current ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... 2017  Recognizing the need to grow a ... solutions, the University of Miami announced Monday that ... and Engineering to achieve those milestones by elevating ... solve some of the world,s most pressing problems. ... Frenk unveiled the network of intertwined research ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... USARAD Holdings Inc., a leading ... year adding 65 new US and international facilities to its client base. Some ... as one of US largest imaging center chains. USARAD continued its global expansion ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... Thomas has been appointed Vice President, Preclinical Safety and Senior Director, Safety Pharmacology. ... of Madras in India. , Dr. Thomas’ career as an academic and ...
Breaking Biology Technology: