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Horner lab presented work on effects of herbivory on the carnivorous plant Sarracenia alata at the Botantical Society of America national meeting

The Horner lab presented at the national meeting of the Botanical Society of America:

 

Carmickle, Rachel and John Horner. Preliminary investigations of the effects of herbivory on the carnivorous plant Sarracenia alata by the specialist herbivore Exyra semicrocea. National meeting of the Botanical Society of America, Fort Worth, TX, 26 June 2017.

 

Carnivorous plants occupy nutrient-poor habitats and have evolved traits that allow them to capture and digest insect prey in order to acquire additional nutrients. However, there are specialist herbivores that are able to circumvent the trapping mechanisms and feed upon these plants. This study detailed the losses of nutrients and photosynthetic tissue from a pitcher plant to one such specialist herbivore.

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