Carnivorous Plants. Physiology, ecology, and evolution


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Carnivorous Plants. Physiology, ecology, and evolution Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press
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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. Since then, many movies and plays, short stories, novels, coffee-table picture books, and popular books on the cultivation of carnivorous plants have been produced. However, all of these widely read products depend on accurate scientific information, and most of them have repeated and recycled data from just three comprehensive, but now long out of date, scientific monographs. The field has evolved and changed dramatically in the nearly 30 years since the last of these books was published, and thousands of scientific papers on carnivorous plants have appeared in the academic journal literature. In response, Ellison and Adamec have assembled the world’s leading experts to provide a truly modern synthesis. They examine every aspect of physiology, biochemistry, genomics, ecology, and evolution of these remarkable plants, culminating in a description of the serious threats they now face from over-collection, poaching, habitat loss, and climatic change which directly threaten their habitats and continued persistence in them.

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As a review of the most up to date research on carnivorous plants, this is ideal for senior undergraduate or graduate students, academics, and those with a keen interest in carnivorous plants...It rewards the careful and thorough reader who is passionate about botany. * Emma Bocking, The Canadian Field-Naturalist * Carnivorous Plants is an essential review of numerous recent studies on the evolution and systematics, physiology, and ecology of insectivorous plants. The updated taxonomic index alone makes this work invaluable.... Essential. * CHOICE * Carnivorous Plants is a comprehensive, well sourced, text [...] Any library that holds volumes on the biological sciences will surely want to own a copy. * The American Midland Naturalist * Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, ecology, and evolution is a remarkable work of scholarship for a remarkable group of plants (by a remarkable band of enthusiasts). * Nigel Chaffey, Annals of Botany *

Author Biography

Aaron M. Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology at Harvard University, and a semi-professional photographer and writer. He studies the disintegration and reassembly of ecosystems following natural and anthropogenic disturbances; thinks about the relationship between the Dao and the intermediate disturbance hypothesis and reflects on the critical and reactionary stance of Ecology relative to Modernism. Lubomír Adamec is the Senior Research Scientist in the Section of Plant Ecology of the Institute of Botany CAS at Trebon, Czech Republic, where he has been working since 1986. Since graduating in plant physiology from the Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia, he has been studying the ecophysiology of aquatic and wetland plants, especially carnivorous ones: mineral nutrition, photosynthesis, growth traits, Utricularia trap ecophysiology, and biophysics. He is the curator of the world's largest collection of aquatic carnivorous plants, currently including more than 80 species or populations, which is used extensively for research and plant conservation.