Ants and carnivorous plants’ mutualistic feeding

University of Cambridge, in conjunction with the University of Brunei Darussalam, have discovered the mutually exclusive relationship between Bornean insect-eating pitcher plants and the ants that live exclusively on them.

Research found that the interactions between the Camponatus schmitzi ants and pitcher plants (Nepenthes bicalcarata) represents a type of mutualism where the ants can help mitigate the damage caused by nutrient thieves like flies and mosquito larvae, to a plant.

Researchers also discovered that plants with ant colonies tended to grow larger than those that did not.

Read more at University of Cambridge, University of Brunei Darussalam

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