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Variations in the content and isozymic composition of nepenthesin in the pitcher fluids among Nepenthes species

Takahashi, Kenji and Masao Tanji and Chiaki Shibata

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 36(3):73-76
Published September 2007

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Abstract

Carnivorous plants are of great evolutionary interest in their function to catch prey (mainly insects) to digest their proteins as a nitrogen source (Juniper et al. 1989; Frazier 2000). Among them, Nepenthes species utilize pitchers which contain digestive fluid with the acid proteinase nepenthesin (Amagase et al. 1969; Woessner 2004).

Keywords: carnivory: Nepenthes; chemistry: Nepenthes

Article Citation

Takahashi, Kenji and Masao Tanji and Chiaki Shibata. 2007. Variations in the content and isozymic composition of nepenthesin in the pitcher fluids among Nepenthes species. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 36(3):73-76.

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