Insectivorous plants

David Haas dhaas007 at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 24 13:06:36 EST 2000


Question:  Do insectivorous plants get anything other than nitrogen from
the animal material they capture?  In other words could one of these
plants live exclusively on what it catches and not need chloroplasts.
Anybody have any info or thoughts about this?  I assume that plants
would not have the enzymes necessary for converting the animal proteins
and carbohydrates into useable carbohydrates for plants - that the
nitrates and other minerals (are there other minerals?) that are used
result from bacterial decomposition.  Just wondering.

D. Haas




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