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New Book: Carnivorous Plants

Thursday, January 11, 2018
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Front Cover Carnivorous Plants, edited by Aaron Ellison

Researchers from around the world, led by Harvard Forest senior ecologist Aaron Ellison, have just published a major scientific synthesis on the physiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology of carnivorous plants.

A walk through any bookstore will turn up dozens of popular, coffee-table books about carnivorous plants, but until this month, there have only been 3 synthetic, scientific treatments of what Charles Darwin called “the most wonderful plants in the world.”

Darwin himself wrote the first one in 1875 (Insectivorous Plants), Francis Lloyd wrote the second in 1942 (The Carnivorous Plants), and Barrie Juniper and others wrote the third in 1989 (The Carnivorous Plants).

Oxford University Press is now publishing the fourth: Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution, edited by Aaron Ellison (Harvard Forest) and Lubomír Adamec (Institute of Botany of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic). With contributions from Ellison, Adamec, and more than 50 other researchers from around the world, this new volume is a state-of-the-art synthesis of the genomics, biochemistry, physiology, ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of the more than 800 species of carnivorous plants.


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