The Horner lab recently presented at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, OR:
Carmickle, Rachel and John Horner. “Turning the tables all over again: The impact of a specialist herbivore on a carnivorous plant.”
Carnivorous plants occupy nutrient-poor environments, and they are unusual among plants in that they have evolved traits to allow them to supplement the nutrients that they can acquire from the soil by capturing and digesting animals, thus “turning the tables.” However, carnivorous plants are subject to herbivory, and losses to herbivory may have strong impacts. However, herbivory in carnivorous plants has not been well studied. This study examined the effect of losses to a specialist herbivore on the fitness of a carnivorous plant. This study was part of the work toward a Master’s degree in Biology by Rachel Carmickle.