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Publication - Dr Ulrike Bauer

    Convergent and divergent evolution in carnivorous pitcher plant traps


    Thorogood, CJ, Bauer, U & Hiscock, SJ, 2018, ‘Convergent and divergent evolution in carnivorous pitcher plant traps’. New Phytologist, vol 217., pp. 1035-1041


    The pitcher trap is a striking example of convergent evolution across unrelated carnivorous plant lineages. Convergent traits that have evolved across pitcher plant lineages are essential for trap function, suggesting that key selective pressures are in action. Recent studies have also revealed patterns of divergent evolution in functional pitcher morphology within genera. Adaptations to
    differences in local prey assemblages may drive such divergence and, ultimately, speciation. Here, we review recent research on convergent and divergent evolution in pitcher plant traps, with a focus on the genus Nepenthes, which we propose as a new model for research into adaptive radiation and speciation.

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