Springboards, water slides, and sticky pools - how carnivorous pitcher plants catch their food - Dr Ulrike Bauer - Friends' Lecture

16 November 2017, 7.30 PM - 16 November 2017, 9.00 PM

Dr Ulrike Bauer, Royal Society University Research Fellow

The Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TL

Pitcher plants trap, kill and digest insect prey in order to survive in extremely nutrient-poor habitats.  Tropical Asian Nepenthes pitcher plants display a stunning diversity of trap designs and mechanisms, while American Heliamphora pitcher plants convergently evolved traps that rely on the same physical principles.  This lecture will introduce you to the tricks and strategies used by these fascinating plants to lure and capture insects and other food.

Ulrike studies how mechanical factors (such as surface and material properties of plants) influence the interaction between insects and plants, with a particular interest in the trapping mechanisms of carnivorous plants.



This lecture is organised by the Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

This lecture will be held at the Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TL.

All lectures start at 7.30pm (except in March) and are free to Friends on production of their membership card.  Visitors will be asked for a donation (suggested £5).  Attendees can use any University car park: the nearest are in University Walk and The Hawthorns (no booking is necessary).

Disabled access: The University will make every effort to provide disabled access where possible.  Disabled parking is available and wheelchair access is by the ramp at the side of the main steps.  If you require support due to a disability please email Sally Meadows: hbfsjm@outlook.com