A carnivorous plant of the sundew genus uses two different types of mechanisms to trap animals, new research shows. Scientists in Germany studied the sundew Drosera glanduligera to understand how this plant uses a catapult mechanism to throw flies into its sticky leaf centre where digestive enzymes break down insects to extract nutrients essential for the plant’s development.
Author: Cornelia Eisenach
The GIST’s Cornelia Eisenach, Andrew Farrell and Lydia Murray met the organisers of Glasgow Café Scientifique to talk science, the public and the media.
A UK-wide research project aiming to make fresh water by removing the salt from sea water was launched at the University of Glasgow in October.
Cornelia Eisenach tells us about molecular farming