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February 23, 2018
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New England Carnivorous Plant Society

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"The mission of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society shall be to share, to gain knowledge of, and to achieve expertise in all phases of growing, education, appreciation, and conservation of carnivorous plants in both culture and in native habitats."

Effective Jan 1, 2018 - NECPS meetings will no longer be held on the 2nd Saturday of the month.
Please check the Event Calendar for upcoming event dates.

AnnouncementsWhat's New
NECPS March Meeting

The next meeting of the NECPS will be held on March 17 at 12:30 PM at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence, RI (Directions).

This month's meeting will feature Aaron Ellison PhD who will give a lecture on Scientific advances with Darwin's "most wonderful plants in the world".

There will also be a silent auction.

Thank you everyone who helped with the bog cleanup last month!
It made a huge improvement and your efforts are greatly appreciated!

NECPS Secretary Needed
We are looking for someone who could fulfill the position of NECPS Secretary. The candidate should be an officer who keeps records, takes meeting minutes and performs other clerical work. This candidate would be willing to help coordinate events and be a responsible intermediate between the venue and the NECPS.

If you or someone you know would be interested in this position please contact Emmi Kurosawa.

The Boston Flower Show March 14-18, 2018

The Boston Flower Show Show runs from March 14 - 18, 2018 at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA.

    2018 Boston Flower & Garden Show
    Each ticket is valid for one day only. All sales are final and nonrefundable.

  • Adults: $20.00
  • Seniors (65+): $17.00
  • Children ages 6-17: $10.00
  • Children under 6: Free

If you would like to volunteer, bring plants or otherwise be involved please contact Emmi Kurosawa.

Got News?
Have an idea for a presentation or demonstration? If there is a meeting or other event that the NECPS will be participating in, or some other carnivorous plant related news item that you would like to share? Please forward the information to the Webmaster so that it can be included here.

Has your email address changed? Have you been missing our newsletter? You can update your email address or other contact information by visiting the Contact page.

Membership Dues are payable at or before the January meeting.

NECPS 15th Annual Carnivorous Plant Show

It's not too early to start planning the NECPS 15th Annual Carnivorous Plant Show which will be held on September 8th and 9th this year! Last year we had a record attendance of 2,894! Lets do even better this year!

Show Planning Discussion Board

Carnivorous Plant Inspires Nano-tech Blood Cleanser

Nano Magazine: A nanoscale invention inspired by the tiny hairs on a Venus Flytrap could revolutionise anti-bacterial treatments for the seriously ill. The invention, a refinement of an existing type of machine known as a dialyser, is reported in the journal Nature Communications, by a team led by Lizhi Liu of the Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, in China.

If antibiotics fail to defeat harmful bacteria in a patient, the next available process is to remove the person's entire blood supply and run it through a machine - a dialyser - to scrub it. This involves extracting through one blood vessel, pumping it through the scrubber and then pushing it back into the body through another. The practice has been available for some years now, but existing dialysers are notably inefficient. A human bloodstream flows quickly, with considerable force. Current dialysers use a range of extraction techniques, including filtration, microfluidic devices and nanoparticle separation, but all fail to capture the bulk of the bacteria carried in the blood. Many, too, are overwhelmed by the force of the flow, and end up releasing caught microbes back into the mix.

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CAPTIVATED: The Allure of Carnivorous Plants
International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference 2018

August 3-5, 2018 with scheduled field trips August 7-10, 2018

Conference Information & Registrations
Conference Registration is $125.
Sunday Banquet Dinner Registration is $75.
Field Trip Registration is $1000 and includes all transportation, meals, and lodging.

Hosted by the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society (BACPS), the oldest carnivorous plant society in the United States, in partnership with the world renowned carnivorous plant nursery California Carnivores.

International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference 2018

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