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NECPS June Meeting - May 11, 2013 by Webmaster
The NECPS June meeting will be held on June 8, 2013 from 12:30 - 2:30 PM at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI.
Emmi Kurosawa will be giving a presentation about enzymes from pitcher fluid.
Stewart McPherson Nepenthes Expeditions - Mar 25, 2013 by Webmaster
Stewart McPherson has organized three Nepenthes expeditions to take place in 2013. These trips offer Nepenthes enthusiasts the chance to trek through steaming rainforests to reach remote mountain summits to observe, photograph and experience spectacular Nepenthes plants in the wild.
The expeditions will take place over June, July and December 2013. The objectives of each trip include the following:
Philippines Expedition to explore the spectacular summit of Sibuyan (ascended by a knife edge ridge) to the habitat of N. argentiiand N. sibuyanensis, and to Mount Hamiguitan (home to the spectacular N. peltata, N. micramphora and N. hamiguitanensis), a lowland trip to see N. merrilliana, N. truncata and N. bellii, and a climb up Sultan Peak, to see the largest of allNepenthes of the Philippines; N. palawanensis.
Sulawesi Expedition to see the spectacular N. hamata, N. eymae, N. maxima, N. nigra, N. tentaculata, N. tomoriana, N. glabrata and (hopefully) N. pitopangii, as well as the amazing indigenous Torajan cultures.
New Guinea Expedition to see N treubianaand spectacular ancient petroglyphs by canoe, giant highland Papuan N. ampullaria and N. insignis, huge N. neoguineensis populations, and N. mirabilis. Possibly with an additional add on of visiting the famous Baliem Valley – home to fascinating Papuan tribes and cultures.
If you are interested in joining one of these adventures and would like more information, please email Stewart directly:email@example.com
Crossfest 2013! - Jan 25, 2013 by Webmaster
Upcoming symposium on the ecology and cultivation of the waterwheel plant, Aldrovanda vesiculosa, at Bowling Green Town Hall in Caroline County, Virginia on Saturday June 29, 2013.
The waterwheel plant is a globally rare carnivorous plant and our keynote speaker, Adam Cross, will talk about his research with this species. The event will also focus on the efforts of Meadowview Biological Research Station to preserve the northern most pitcher plant bog in Virginia at the Central Virginia Preserve. Tours of the preserve will be available. Crossfest 2013!
Got News? - May 13, 2013 by Webmaster
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Carnivorous plant throws out 'junk' DNA - May 13, 2013 by Webmaster
The U. gibba genome is the smallest ever to be sequenced from a complex, multicellular plant. The researchers who sequenced it say that 97 percent of the genome consists of genes -- bits of DNA that code for proteins -- and small pieces of DNA that control those genes.
It appears that the plant has been busy deleting noncoding "junk" DNA from its genetic material over many generations, the scientists say. This may explain the difference between bladderworts and junk-heavy species like corn and tobacco -- and humans.
The international research team, led by the Laboratorio Nacional de Genómica para la Biodiversidad (LANGEBIO) in Mexico and the University at Buffalo, will report its findings on May 12 in Nature.
Read the full story here.
Update Your Contact Info - May 12, 2013 by Webmaster
NECPS members, we have added an option to update your contact information in the drop down menu on the NECPS Contacts page. You can use this to notify us if your email address changes or if we have it recorded incorrectly.
It's important to have a working email address on file so you won't miss out on recieving the NECPS Newsletter and other important mailings.
NECPS Archives - Apr 20, 2013 by Webmaster
I have been updating our archives but seem to be lacking many of our past newsletters. I have no newsletters at all from 2008. I am otherwise unable to determine which newsletters I am lacking as newsletters are not always sent out every month.
If anyone has any past newsletters that are not already in the archive please send them to the webmaster so that I can include them.