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Earth Day: Big Ecosystem Changes Viewed Through the Lens of Tiny Carnivorous Plants

Posted Apr 22 2013 3:00pm

A bunch of northern pitcher plants

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.

---Kahlil Gibran

What do a pond or a lake and a carnivorous pitcher plant have in common?

The water-filled pool within a pitcher plant, it turns out, is a tiny ecosystem whose inner workings are similar to those of a full-scale water body.

Whether small carnivorous plant or huge lake, both are subject to the same ecological "tipping points," of concern on ...

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