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Popular article 'Hidden Worlds in the Heart of a Plant' Those insectivorous plants which, collectively, are referred to as pitcher plants, belong to one of five genera spread across three unrelated families in three different biogeographical regions. All species possess modified leaves or extensions of leaves which form watertight bodies which collect liquid. These act as pitfall traps for insects and other invertebrates. These organisms drown and are digested by extracellular enzymes secreted...

The construction and quantification of food webs Drawing the webs

Trophic Diagram New Guinea

A food web in its simplest form is merely a diagrammatic or mathematical summary of the trophic interactions in a community an indication of what eats what. This having been said, it remains noteworthy how many different ways authors have chosen to represent what they perceived as this 'simple' concept. The purpose of this short chapter is to illustrate the different ways in which I have chosen to represent phytotelm food webs. I have found it appropriate to use a range of forms of...