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Thread: Byblis filifolia a confirmed carnivore

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    I have read relatively recent articles that suggest that the Byblis plants do not produce enzymes. It appears that this is not the case, at least for Byblis filifolia: http://www.hartmeyer.de/homepageGB.htm. I plan to try a crude test on my Byblis gigantea as soon as I can find the time. I'm also convinced that this plant is a carnivore because I have observed juices dripping down the leaves after large catches. The plant appears to produce digestive jucies that are then re-absorbed in a similar way to Drosophyllum. I'm particularly glad to discover the true nature of Byblis filifolia as I currently have several seedlings of this species growing in my terrarium- I'll have to get feeding them!




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    Greg, no matter where I clicked to get the English version of the article, either it didn't appear or the Germann one did. Am I missing a step? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

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    There is an brief English summary here: http://www.hartmeyer.de/artBfiliEnzym_GB.htm

    I used google to give a rough translation of the paper. The article basically says that recent experiments that appear to have shown that B liniflora is incapable of producing enzymes have cast doubt on the carnivory of the genus, but experminents with B. filifolia using photographic film to test for the presence of digestive enzymes have confirmed that this species definately is carnivorous. On the ICPS website, in the 'sample articles' section, you can see an outline of the experiments that were performed on B. liniflora. These are in English.

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