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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135964/the-killer-of-socrates-coniine-and-related-alkaloids-in-the-plant-kingdom
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REVIEW
Hannu Hotti, Heiko Rischer
Coniine, a polyketide-derived alkaloid, is poisonous to humans and animals. It is a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist, which leads to inhibition of the nervous system, eventually causing death by suffocation in mammals. Coniine's most famous victim is Socrates who was sentenced to death by poison chalice containing poison hemlock in 399 BC. In chemistry, coniine holds two historical records: It is the first alkaloid the chemical structure of which was established (in 1881), and that was chemically synthesized (in 1886)...
November 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131340/convergent-and-divergent-evolution-in-carnivorous-pitcher-plant-traps
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REVIEW
Chris J Thorogood, Ulrike Bauer, Simon J Hiscock
Contents I. II. III. IV. V. VI. References SUMMARY: The pitcher trap is a striking example of convergent evolution across unrelated carnivorous plant lineages. Convergent traits that have evolved across pitcher plant lineages are essential for trap function, suggesting that key selective pressures are in action. Recent studies have also revealed patterns of divergent evolution in functional pitcher morphology within genera. Adaptations to differences in local prey assemblages may drive such divergence and, ultimately, speciation...
November 13, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126192/effects-of-exyra-ridingsii-lepidoptera-noctuidae-on-sarracenia-flava-nepenthales-sarraceniaceae
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Christine A Ricci, Albert J Meier, Ouida W Meier, T Keith Philips
Exyra ridingsii (Riley) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) is a moth whose obligate host is the pitcher plant Sarracenia flava (L.) (Nepenthales: Sarraceniaceae). The entire life cycle of the moth is completed in the trumpets of this fire-dependent plant that is found throughout the southeastern United States in bogs, long-leaf pine savannas, and pocosins. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of E. ridingsii on S. flava, including the effect of herbivory on trumpet height in the year subsequent to feeding and whether moths select trumpets for oviposition based on height...
November 4, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030597/stabilization-of-a-bat-pitcher-plant-mutualism
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Michael G Schöner, Caroline R Schöner, Rebecca Ermisch, Sébastien J Puechmaille, T Ulmar Grafe, Moi Chan Tan, Gerald Kerth
Despite the long persistence of many mutualisms, it is largely unknown which mechanisms stabilize these interactions. This is especially true if only one mutualism partner can choose alternative partners while the other cannot, resulting in a power asymmetry. According to biological market theory the choosing partner should prefer the more dependent partner if the latter offers commodities of higher quality than its competitors. We tested this prediction using Bornean carnivorous pitcher plants (Nepenthes hemsleyana) that strongly rely on faecal nitrogen of bats (Kerivoula hardwickii) which roost inside the pitchers...
October 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912541/coprophagous-features-in-carnivorous-nepenthes-plants-a-task-for-ureases
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Ayufu Yilamujiang, Anting Zhu, Rodrigo Ligabue-Braun, Stefan Bartram, Claus-Peter Witte, Rainer Hedrich, Mitsuyasu Hasabe, Caroline R Schöner, Michael G Schöner, Gerald Kerth, Célia R Carlini, Axel Mithöfer
Most terrestrial carnivorous plants are specialized on insect prey digestion to obtain additional nutrients. Few species of the genus Nepenthes developed mutualistic relationships with mammals for nitrogen supplementation. Whether dietary changes require certain enzymatic composition to utilize new sources of nutrients has rarely been tested. Here, we investigated the role of urease for Nepenthes hemsleyana that gains nitrogen from the bat Kerivoula hardwickii while it roosts inside the pitchers. We hypothesized that N...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900277/nepenthes-pitchers-are-co2-enriched-cavities-emit-co2-to-attract-preys
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Sabulal Baby, Anil John Johnson, Elavinamannil Jacob Zachariah, Abdul Azeez Hussain
Carnivorous plants of the genus Nepenthes supplement their nutrient deficiency by capturing arthropods or by mutualistic interactions, through their leaf-evolved biological traps (pitchers). Though there are numerous studies on these traps, mostly on their prey capture mechanisms, the gas composition inside them remains unknown. Here we show that, Nepenthes unopened pitchers are CO2-enriched 'cavities', when open they emit CO2, and the CO2 gradient around open pitchers acts as a cue attracting preys towards them...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898664/growth-and-development-of-three-dimensional-plant%C3%A2-form
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REVIEW
Christopher D Whitewoods, Enrico Coen
Plants can generate a spectacular array of complex shapes, many of which exhibit elaborate curvature in three dimensions, illustrated for example by orchid flowers and pitcher-plant traps. All of these structures arise through differential growth. Recent findings provide fresh mechanistic insights into how regional cell behaviours may lead to tissue deformations, including anisotropies and curvatures, which shape growing volumes and sheets of cells. Here were review our current understanding of how genes, growth, mechanics, and evolution interact to generate diverse structures...
September 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817596/potential-effects-of-climate-change-on-members-of-the-palaeotropical-pitcher-plant-family-nepenthaceae
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Laura K Gray, Charles Clarke, G R William Wint, Jonathan A Moran
Anthropogenic climate change is predicted to have profound effects on species distributions over the coming decades. In this paper, we used maximum entropy modelling (Maxent) to estimate the effects of projected changes in climate on extent of climatically-suitable habitat for two Nepenthes pitcher plant species in Borneo. The model results predicted an increase in area of climatically-suitable habitat for the lowland species Nepenthes rafflesiana by 2100; in contrast, the highland species Nepenthes tentaculata was predicted to undergo significant loss of climatically-suitable habitat over the same period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812732/genome-of-the-pitcher-plant-cephalotus-reveals-genetic-changes-associated-with-carnivory
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Kenji Fukushima, Xiaodong Fang, David Alvarez-Ponce, Huimin Cai, Lorenzo Carretero-Paulet, Cui Chen, Tien-Hao Chang, Kimberly M Farr, Tomomichi Fujita, Yuji Hiwatashi, Yoshikazu Hoshi, Takamasa Imai, Masahiro Kasahara, Pablo Librado, Likai Mao, Hitoshi Mori, Tomoaki Nishiyama, Masafumi Nozawa, Gergő Pálfalvi, Stephen T Pollard, Julio Rozas, Alejandro Sánchez-Gracia, David Sankoff, Tomoko F Shibata, Shuji Shigenobu, Naomi Sumikawa, Taketoshi Uzawa, Meiying Xie, Chunfang Zheng, David D Pollock, Victor A Albert, Shuaicheng Li, Mitsuyasu Hasebe
Carnivorous plants exploit animals as a nutritional source and have inspired long-standing questions about the origin and evolution of carnivory-related traits. To investigate the molecular bases of carnivory, we sequenced the genome of the heterophyllous pitcher plant Cephalotus follicularis, in which we succeeded in regulating the developmental switch between carnivorous and non-carnivorous leaves. Transcriptome comparison of the two leaf types and gene repertoire analysis identified genetic changes associated with prey attraction, capture, digestion and nutrient absorption...
February 6, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795107/mass-spectrometry-data-of-metabolomics-analysis-of-nepenthes-pitchers
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Muhammad Aqil Fitri Rosli, Kamalrul Azlan Azizan, Syarul Nataqain Baharum, Hoe-Han Goh
Hybridisation plays a significant role in the evolution and diversification of plants. Hybridisation among Nepenthes species is extensive, either naturally or man-made. To investigate the effects of hybridisation on the chemical compositions, we carried out metabolomics study on pitcher tissue of Nepenthes ampullaria, Nepenthes rafflesiana and their hybrid, Nepenthes × hookeriana. Pitcher samples were harvested and extracted in methanol:chloroform:water via sonication-assisted extraction before analysed using LC-TOF-MS...
October 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782892/surfaces-inspired-by-the-nepenthes-peristome-for-unidirectional-liquid-transport
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REVIEW
Pengfei Zhang, Liwen Zhang, Huawei Chen, Zhichao Dong, Deyuan Zhang
The slippery peristome of the pitcher plant Nepenthes has attracted much attention due to its unique function for preying on insects. Recent findings on the peristome surface of Nepenthes alata demonstrate a fast and continuous unidirectional liquid transport, which is enabled by the combination of a pinning effect at the sharp edges and a capillary rise in the wedge, deriving from the multiscale structure, which provides inspiration for designing and fabricating functional surfaces for unidirectional liquid transport...
August 7, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719666/effects-of-prey-pitcher-age-and-microbes-on-acid-phosphatase-activity-in-fluid-from-pitchers-of-sarracenia-purpurea-sarraceniaceae
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Carl S Luciano, Sandra J Newell
Carnivory in pitcher plants generally involves digestion of prey, by the plant itself, by symbionts, or both. While symbionts appear to be important in the digestion of prey in Sarracenia purpurea, the importance of pitcher-derived enzymes is less well documented. Our goal was to reduce microbial numbers in pitcher fluid in order to measure the acid phosphatase activity attributable to the pitchers themselves. Preliminary experiments indicated that various antibiotics were minimally effective at reducing microbial populations and that antibiotic-resistant microbes were easily cultured from pitcher fluid...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644442/linking-the-development-and-functioning-of-a-carnivorous-pitcher-plant-s-microbial-digestive-community
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David W Armitage
Ecosystem development theory predicts that successional turnover in community composition can influence ecosystem functioning. However, tests of this theory in natural systems are made difficult by a lack of replicable and tractable model systems. Using the microbial digestive associates of a carnivorous pitcher plant, I tested hypotheses linking host age-driven microbial community development to host functioning. Monitoring the yearlong development of independent microbial digestive communities in two pitcher plant populations revealed a number of trends in community succession matching theoretical predictions...
November 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634254/widespread-paleopolyploidy-gene-tree-conflict-and-recalcitrant-relationships-among-the-carnivorous-caryophyllales
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Joseph F Walker, Ya Yang, Michael J Moore, Jessica Mikenas, Alfonso Timoneda, Samuel F Brockington, Stephen A Smith
PREMISE OF STUDY: The carnivorous members of the large, hyperdiverse Caryophyllales (e.g., Venus flytrap, sundews, and Nepenthes pitcher plants) represent perhaps the oldest and most diverse lineage of carnivorous plants. However, despite numerous studies seeking to elucidate their evolutionary relationships, the early-diverging relationships remain unresolved. METHODS: To explore the utility of phylogenomic data sets for resolving relationships among the carnivorous Caryophyllales, we sequenced 10 transcriptomes, including all the carnivorous genera except those in the rare West African liana family Dioncophyllaceae...
June 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630920/bioinspired-shape-memory-graphene-film-with-tunable-wettability
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Jie Wang, Lingyu Sun, Minhan Zou, Wei Gao, Cihui Liu, Luoran Shang, Zhongze Gu, Yuanjin Zhao
Functional materials with specific surface wettability play an important role in a wide variety of areas. Inspired by nature's Nepenthes pitcher plant, we present a novel slippery film with tunable wettability based on a shape-memory graphene sponge. The porous graphene sponge coated with shape-memory polymer was used to lock in inert lubricants and construct slippery surfaces to repel different liquids. The superelasticity and high strength, together with good electrical conductivity, of the graphene sponge imparted the graphene/polymer hybrid films with fast recoverable shape-memory properties...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533452/fluorescence-as-a-means-of-colour-signal-enhancement
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REVIEW
Justin Marshall, Sonke Johnsen
Fluorescence is a physico-chemical energy exchange where shorter-wavelength photons are absorbed by a molecule and are re-emitted as longer-wavelength photons. It has been suggested a means of communication in several taxa including flowers, pitcher plants, corals, algae, worms, squid, spiders, stomatopods, fish, reptiles, parrots and humans. The surface or object that the pigment molecule is part of appears to glow due to its setting rather than an actual production of light, and this may enhance both signals and, in some cases, camouflage...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529881/iso-seq-analysis-of-nepenthes-ampullaria-nepenthes-rafflesiana-and-nepenthes%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-hookeriana-for-hybridisation-study-in-pitcher-plants
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Muhammad Mu'izzuddin Zulkapli, Muhammad Aqil Fitri Rosli, Faris Imadi Mohd Salleh, Normah Mohd Noor, Wan Mohd Aizat, Hoe-Han Goh
Tropical pitcher plants in the species-rich Nepenthaceae family of carnivorous plants possess unique pitcher organs. Hybridisation, natural or artificial, in this family is extensive resulting in pitchers with diverse features. The pitcher functions as a passive insect trap with digestive fluid for nutrient acquisition in nitrogen-poor habitats. This organ shows specialisation according to the dietary habit of different Nepenthes species. In this study, we performed the first single-molecule real-time isoform sequencing (Iso-Seq) analysis of full-length cDNA from Nepenthes ampullaria which can feed on leaf litter, compared to carnivorous Nepenthes rafflesiana, and their carnivorous hybrid Nepenthes × hookeriana...
June 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515886/aquatic-microfauna-alter-larval-food-resources-and-affect-development-and-biomass-of-west-nile-and-saint-louis-encephalitis-vector-culex-nigripalpus-diptera-culicidae
#18
Dagne Duguma, Michael G Kaufman, Arthur B Simas Domingos
Ciliate protists and rotifers are ubiquitous in aquatic habitats and can comprise a significant portion of the microbial food resources available to larval mosquitoes, often showing substantial declines in abundance in the presence of mosquito larvae. This top-down regulation of protists is reported to be strong for mosquitoes inhabiting small aquatic containers such as pitcher plants or tree holes, but the nature of these interactions with larval mosquitoes developing in other aquatic habitats is poorly understood...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401597/unidirectional-wetting-properties-on-multi-bioinspired-magnetocontrollable-slippery-microcilia
#19
Moyuan Cao, Xu Jin, Yun Peng, Cunming Yu, Kan Li, Kesong Liu, Lei Jiang
Here, a smart fluid-controlled surface is designed, via the rational integration of the unique properties of three natural examples, i.e., the unidirectional wetting behaviors of butterfly's wing, liquid-infused "slippery" surface of the pitcher plant, and the motile microcilia of micro-organisms. Anisotropic wettability, lubricated surfaces, and magnetoresponsive microstructures are assembled into one unified system. The as-prepared surface covered by tilted microcilia achieves significant unidirectional droplet adhesion and sliding...
April 12, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390087/do-ecological-communities-disperse-across-biogeographic-barriers-as-a-unit
#20
Jordan D Satler, Bryan C Carstens
Biogeographic barriers have long been implicated as drivers of biological diversification, but how these barriers influence co-occurring taxa can vary depending on factors intrinsic to the organism and in their relationships with other species. Due to the interdependence among taxa, ecological communities present a compelling opportunity to explore how interactions among species may lead to a shared response to historical events. Here we collect single nucleotide polymorphism data from five commensal arthropods associated with the Sarracenia alata carnivorous pitcher plant, and test for codiversification across the Mississippi River, a major biogeographic barrier in the southeastern United States...
April 8, 2017: Molecular Ecology
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