Carnivorous plants are well known for their unusual nutritional strategy: using specialised leaves to capture, digest, and absorb nutrients from prey. Using natural abundance stable isotope techniques, this thesis explores the nutrition and ecology of sticky-leaved carnivorous plants, including Drosophyllum lusitanicum in Mediterranean Europe and several species of Drosera and Byblis in Western Australia. The role of the resident hemipteran Setocoris in the nutrition of Byblis is also explored using isotopic labelling techniques. This research provides insights into the evolution of multiple strategies for nutritional success amongst carnivorous plants. A new definition and conceptual 'spectrum of carnivory' is proposed.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||7 Sep 2021|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2021|