Reversing the Roles of Predator and Prey

A Review of Carnivory in the Botanical World
  • Barry A. RiceEmail author
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 16)


Plants, like all organisms on the planet, live to perpetuate their own existence and to reproduce. The transmission of genetic material to future generations is the driving force behind life. In habitats where light, and water, and the essential nutrients are easily available, plants must merely allocate resources to contend with the challenges associated with reproduction, and defending themselves against the environment and herbivores. However, in more stressful habitats where nutrients are in short supply, plants have developed novel solutions to increase their chances of survival.


Pitfall Trap Sticky Trap Carnivorous Plant Ambush Predator Snap Trap 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



The author thanks Lubomir Adamec, Charles Clarke, Andreas Fleischmann, Robert Gibson, Fernando Rivadavia, and Robert Ziemer for suggestions and critical comments that helped in shaping this document.


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