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Molecular Ecology

Liu, Sukuan [1], Smith, Stacey [2].

Understanding the Emergence of Plant Carnivory on a Molecular Level in the Carnivorus Pitcher Plant Family Sarraceniaceae.

Plant carnivory is a convergently evolved trait that have emerged at least ten times in angiosperm. The convergence of plant carnivory are not only observed on ecological or morphological levels, but also on molecular levels. Recent studies in a subset of independently emerged carnivorous lineages showed that digestive enzymes secreted from carnivorous plants used for prey digestion were adapted from pathogenesis-related enzymes in their non- carnivorous ancestors. This research aims to seek potential evidence for molecular convergence of carnivorous plants from a less studied lineage Sarraceniaceae, or the American pitcher plant family with a focal genus Heliamphora using RNA sequencing and enzyme assays.

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1 - University Of Colorado Boulder, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Boulder, Colorado
2 - University Of Colorado-Boulder, EBIO Department, Campus Box 0334, Boulder, CO, 80309, United States

carnivorous plant
Digestive enzyme

Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P2, Molecular Ecology Posters
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM(EDT)
Number: P2ME002
Abstract ID:771
Candidate for Awards:None

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