CHUtalks Series: Victor Kang — How do pitcher plants capture and retain their prey?

29 Nov 2017
Location: MCR Common Room
Start time: 19:30
End time: 21:00

Bee and orchid

Speaker

Victor Kang (MCR)

Abstract

Charles Darwin was enamoured by them, and Alfred Russel Wallace called them “the most striking vegetable productions of Borneo.” They were not talking about colourful birds or mammals but a type of carnivorous plants called pitcher plants. These charismatic plants have evolved a sophisticated death trap for insects, and we are finally beginning to understand how the pitchers are able to efficiently capture prey. Never heard of pitcher plants before? Come find out more about them! Do you know how they manage to catch their prey? Come hear about it before anyone else! 

The talk will be followed by wine and cheese.


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