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    Carnivorous tomatoes???

    Hey Friends,

    I think you'll find this rather interesting indeed....

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wil...t-insects.html

    Happy Growing,

    Brian.

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    Great!And when I tell my friends they'll probably say"They are a new species?"HAhhaahahahah...I can imagine their faces

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    thats awesome Thanks for sharing Brian

    daren

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    That's a really enlightening article. That has lots of potential ramifications. I pity the taxonomists!

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    Interesting article but are the protective hairs all that makes them "carnivorous"?

    It seems quite a bit of a stretch to say that since something is dead on the ground near a plant that makes it "carnivorous". Almost every plant is bound to have something dead near it rotting in the soil making it more nutritious, this would make every plant "carnivorous" if we go by this model.

    Are you SURE these Kew people are accredited botanists?



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    I was just about to post this article too! Very intresting but it has been hypothesized before in many CP book's. Nice to know they are doing more studies!

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...1204103747.htm

    Some other intresting articles on CP's there too!


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    Are you SURE these Kew people are accredited botanists?
    Swords,
    They are one of the formost leading experts in botanical science! In fact they are one of the first nursery to bring CP's into cultivation! It is still just a hypothesis, but if normal plant and animal matter helps fertilize the plant wouldn't be in the plants benefit to "capture" and drop more matter near it's roots? It also could be more of a defence response then a preditory one.
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    Great. Now we should give them a name like Tomatoeii. lol.

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    Swords,
    They are one of the formost leading experts in botanical science! In fact they are one of the first nursery to bring CP's into cultivation! It is still just a hypothesis, but if normal plant and animal matter helps fertilize the plant wouldn't be in the plants benefit to "capture" and drop more matter near it's roots? It also could be more of a defence response then a preditory one.
    lol I was just being silly. I have a number of books from Kew Publications, orchid books by Philip Cribb, the Taylor Utricularia book and so on.

    I just think it's a bit of stretch comparing apples to oranges or in this case Nepenthes to Tomatoes. I can respect the idea that the hairs may indeed be there to stop/trap very small insects but to say that the bug trapped in the hairs and then eventually (if ever) falling to the ground and rotting in the soil is the same as an actual carnivorous trap is a little goofy to me. For one there are no digestive enzymes, just natural decay in the soil.

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