Plant Files: The Venus Flytrap

“This plant, commonly called Venus’ fly-trap,” Darwin wrote in 1875, “is one of the most wonderful in the world.”

Carnivorous plant lacks junk DNA, shows evolution takes place at a genetic level

The carnivorous bladderwort (Utricularia gibba) a carnivorous plant which occurs fresh water and wet soil. Recently, they took biologists by surprise by having a huge number of genes, despite a fairly small genome. The plant is six times smaller than the grape for example, but has 28,500 genes, compared to the 26,300 of the grape.

Voracious Plant Outsmarts Ants Even Without a Brain

Having a smart strategy doesn’t require a brain, a new study has shown. Researchers found an insect-eating plant from Borneo which can outsmart ants and temporarily turn off its trap to attract more prey.

Carnivorous plant disposes of “Junk” DNA, hinting it may not be necessary

Only 2% of the human genome is comprised of genes, while the vast majority of genetic material is known as noncoding DNA – that is to say DNA that doesn’t code proteins. A complex plant, the carnivorous bladderwort plant, known as Utricularia gibba, recently became the center of attention for evolutionary biologists after a recently published paper by an international team of researchers

Carnivorous plant catapults insects into trap

A small sundew, carnivorous plant native to Australia has amazed scientists with its unique ability of fling prey into its trap, where it is digested by the plant. The biologists studying the plant conclude that it has one of the fastest and most spectacular trapping mechanisms known among carnivorous plants. Found in southern Australia, the Drosera glanduligera was found to posses fast-moving snap

Carnivorous plants turn to veggie diet due to pollution

Carnivorous plants may soon have to give up their meaty habits and turn veggie, as a recent study found that carnivours plants in Swedish bogs have significantly reduced their preying behavior, due to nitrogen pollution. The  sundew drosera rotundifolia is one of the most common carnivours plant species, growing across much of Northern Europe in rain-fed bogs. Typically, their habitat has low-nitrogen

Newly discovered carnivorous plant eats underground worms

Found in the tropical landscapes of Brazil (where else?), Philcoxia minensis has developed quite an interesting mechanism to feed: it uses sticky underground leaves to trap tiny roundworms. This rare plant has a few leaves above the ground as well, but most are below; until now, biologists were unaware that plants could actually feed like this. “We usually think about