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Quantification of growth benefit of carnivorous plants from prey

Lubomír Adamec

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 46(3):101-107
Published 24 August 2017

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The growth of carnivorous plants is usually limited or co-limited by shortage of available mineral nutrients N, P, and K in barren soils or waters. Carnivorous plants capture animal prey, absorb mineral nutrients from digested prey, and partly overcome the nutrient limitation. Therefore, prey capture leads invariably to marked and significant growth increase as the main ecophysiological benefit of carnivory. Here, a novel functional-ecological approach of how to quantify growth benefit efficiency of carnivory is explained. It expresses plant growth increase due to prey catching or feeding per amount of N or P or K theoretically absorbed from prey (or applied in mineral solution onto the traps) in growth experiments.

Keywords: Cost-benefit relationships, mineral cost and benefit, stimulation of root nutrient uptake, growth benefit

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Lubomír Adamec. 2017. Quantification of growth benefit of carnivorous plants from prey. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 46(3):101-107.

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