This surprisingly rich history of duplication, paired with the current small size of the bladderwort
genome, is further evidence that the plant has been prolific at deleting nonessential DNA, but at the same time maintaining a functional set of genes similar to those of other plant species" says Herrera-Estrella.
The scientists said that it seems that the plant has been busy deleting noncoding "junk" DNA from its genetic material over many generations, which may explain differences between bladderworts
and junk-heavy species like corn and tobacco - and humans.
The new study and its bladderwort
movies give them a chance to see the trap in action, and to see that the prediction was correct, Victor Albert told Science News.
Unexpectedly, at the lowest nitrogen level, trapping of Euglena depressed plant growth, apparently because it competed with the bladderwort
for nitrogen under these conditions -- the prey here acting as a parasite.
trap their prey with speed that would make a Bond villain shudder in gleeful envy.
A survey of bladderwort
plants in the Everglades found far more bladders harboring living organisms than dead ones, reports Jennifer H.
Other species, like bladderworts
and puffer fish, also minimize genetic repeats.
a slideshow that includes the cobra lily, sundews, bladderworts
and butterworts found here in Oregon's bogs.
Aquatic, meat-eating bladderworts
are among the world's best suckers and they have just been named the fastest trapping carnivorous plants, according to a Proceedings of the Royal Society B study.
His examples include butterworts that digest and absorb pollen grains that land on their leaves as well as a tropical pitcher plant (Nepenthes ampullaria) that collects leaf debris in its pitchers and various bladderworts
(Utricularia), aquatic plants that sometimes catch algae and in some cases seem to maintain algae in their bladders in a mutualism.
are the most common carnivorous plants.
Like the carnivorous plant in the play The Little Shop of Horrors, Venus flytraps, bladderworts
, sun dews, and other plants that digest insects and other small creatures were once considered unnatural.