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The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants


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Wilhelm Barthlott, Ph.D., is director of the botanical gardens and head of the Nees Institute of Plant Biodiversity at the University of Bonn. He has studied carnivorous plants for three decades and at the botanical gardens of the University of Bonn has developed one of the world's largest carnivorous plant collections. Dr. Barthlott's research includes global mapping of biodiversity based on vascular plant patterns; systematics and ecology of flowering plants; investigation of biological boundary layers and the self-cleaning properties of certain biological surfaces; and in cooperation with industry, development of biomimetic self-cleaning surface technologies. Stefan Porembski, Ph.D., is director of the botanical garden and botanical institute at the University of Rostock where he studies the ecology of tropical carnivorous plants. Rudiger Seine, Ph.D., is an astronaut trainer at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne. His doctorate focused on tropical ecology and the systematics of the sundews. Inge Theisen, Ph.D., works as a research scientist at the Nees Institute of the University of Bonn where she studies the molecular genetics and evolution of the largest carnivorous plant family, the bladderworts.


A curious world, indeed, is brilliantly described in this definitive guide. Expert botanists with wide renown ... have compiled the first comprehensive listing of all 630 known species of so-called flowers of evil. ... Highly recommended for all gardening or reference collections. -- Donna L. Davey Library Journal 20071101 Has a decidedly international outlook, giving an overview of the amazing worldwide diversity of carnivorous plants. Perhaps its most noteworthy features are the many crystal-clear close-up color images of the plants, most of which are quite attractive to humans as well as to insects! HortIdeas 20071101 Comprehensive ... a first-rate book for plant lovers and naturalists alike. The photography is superior. -- John Bagnasco Garden Compass 20080101 An exquisite book, truly covering both biology and cultivation of carnivorous plants. -- Root Gorelick Plant Science Bulletin 20080101 A beautifully illustrated and well-written book about carnivorous plants that will delight everyone interested in these fascinating species. -- Charles Reynolds Lakeland Ledger 20090626

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