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Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, ecology, and evolution

Aaron Ellison and Lubomír Adamec


Carnivorous plants have fascinated botanists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, physiologists, developmental biologists, anatomists, horticulturalists, and the general public for centuries. Charles Darwin was the first scientist to demonstrate experimentally that some plants could actually attract, kill, digest, and absorb nutrients from insect prey; his book Insectivorous Plants (1875) remains a widely cited classic. Subsequent monographs by Lloyd (1942) and Juniper et al. (1989) summarized and synthesized available scientific data on these remarkable plants. Scientific investigations and ... More

Keywords: Carnivorous plants, cost-benefit analysis, ecophysiology, evolution, genomics, morphology, mutualisms, predation, taxonomy, trap structure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779841
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779841.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Ellison, editor
Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University, Harvard Forest, Massachusetts, USA

Lubomír Adamec, editor
Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

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Part I Overview

Chapter 1 Introduction: what is a carnivorous plant?

Aaron M. Ellison and Lubomír Adamec

Chapter 3 Evolution of carnivory in angiosperms

Andreas Fleischmann, Jan Schlauer, Stephen A. Smith, and Thomas J. Givnish

Part II Systematics and Evolution of Carnivorous Plants

Chapter 4 Systematics and evolution of Droseraceae

Andreas Fleischmann, Adam T. Cross, Robert Gibson, Paulo M. Gonella, and Kingsley W. Dixon

Chapter 5 Systematics and evolution of Nepenthes

Charles Clarke, Jan Schlauer, Jonathan Moran, and Alastair Robinson

Chapter 8 Systematics and evolution of Lentibulariaceae: III. Utricularia

Richard W. Jobson, Paulo C. Baleeiro, and Cástor Guisande

Chapter 10 Systematics and evolution of small genera of carnivorous plants

Adam T. Cross, Maria Paniw, André Vito Scatigna, Nick Kalfas, Bruce Anderson, Thomas J. Givnish, and Andreas Fleischmann

Chapter 11 Carnivorous plant genomes

Tanya Renner, Tianying Lan, Kimberly M. Farr, Enrique Ibarra-Laclette, Luis Herrera-Estrella, Stephan C. Schuster, Mitsuyasu Hasebe, Kenji Fukushima, and Victor A. Albert

Part III Physiology, Form, and Function

Chapter 12 Attraction of prey

John D. Horner, Bartosz J. Płachno, Ulrike Bauer, and Bruno Di Giusto

Chapter 13 Functional anatomy of carnivorous traps

Bartosz J. Płachno and Lyudmila E. Muravnik

Chapter 14 Motile traps

Simon Poppinga, Ulrike Bauer, Thomas Speck, and Alexander G. Volkov

Chapter 15 Non-motile traps

Ulrike Bauer, Reinhard Jetter, and Simon Poppinga

Chapter 16 Biochemistry of prey digestion and nutrient absorption

Ildikó Matušíková, Andrej Pavlovič, and Tanya Renner

Chapter 20 Biotechnology with carnivorous plants

Laurent Legendre and Douglas W. Darnowski

Part IV Ecology

Chapter 21 Prey selection and specialization by carnivorous plants

Douglas Darnowski, Ulrike Bauer, Marcos Méndez, John Horner, and Bartosz J. Płachno

Chapter 22 Reproductive biology and pollinator-prey conflicts

Adam T. Cross, Arthur R. Davis, Andreas Fleischmann, John D. Horner, Andreas Jürgens, David J. Merritt, Gillian L. Murza, and Shane R. Turner

Chapter 25 The Utricularia-associated microbiome: composition, function, and ecology

Dagmara Sirová, Jiří Bárta, Jakub Borovec, and Jaroslav Vrba

Chapter 26 Nutritional mutualisms of Nepenthes and Roridula

Jonathan A. Moran, Bruce Anderson, Lijin Chin, Melinda Greenwood, and Charles Clarke

Part V The Future of Carnivorous Plants

Chapter 27 Conservation of carnivorous plants

Charles Clarke, Adam Cross, and Barry Rice

Chapter 29 The future of research with carnivorous plants

Aaron M. Ellison and Lubomír Adamec