The Venus Flytrap: Conserving the Carnivorous Curiosity

In his book Insectivorous Plants, which was first published in 1875, English naturalist and evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin wrote that the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula, Droseraceae) “is one of the most wonderful [plants] in the world.”1 Now, that “wonderful” plant is being threatened in the wild by a combination of poaching, overharvesting, habitat loss, fire suppression, … Continue reading The Venus Flytrap: Conserving the Carnivorous Curiosity

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Sustainable Harvest of Wild Plant Populations

Introduction Harvesting plant resources from wild populations have a number of benefits. For many medicinal and aromatic species, wild material is thought to be qualitatively superior to cultivated stock because plants that grow in natural, more adverse environments typically produce increased amounts of secondary metabolites.1 Wild-harvested plants frequently provide an important source of income for local … Continue reading Sustainable Harvest of Wild Plant Populations