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New England Carnivorous Plant Society


"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."

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NECPS November Meeting - Oct 15, 2017 by Webmaster
The NECPS November meeting will be held on November 11 at 12:30 PM at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA (Directions).

A brief meeting will be held and afterwards people may attend the terrarium show. a silent auction is still being planned.

Members are advised that they should contact Emmi Kurosawa in advance so that they can avoid paying the $15 admission fee and get in for FREE.

Record Attendance for NECPS 2017 Show! - Sep 11, 2017 by Webmaster
Once again the NECPS had a great show! Thank you! to the Tower Hill Botanic Center and to the many wonderful NECPS Members without which this event would not have been possible!

Attendance was 2,894!

Photo by Miranda Schloat

Tower Hill Terrarium Show - Sep 11, 2017 by Webmaster

Tower Hill Terrarium Show, Nov 11, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Nov 12, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Terrariums capture miniature living worlds within glass walls. View stunning terrarium displays from professionals and amateurs alike.

 FREE with the purchase of regular admission to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Admission: Adults $15.00, Seniors (65+) $10.00, Youth (6-18) $5.00
Massachusetts EBT Cardholders (any age): $2. We admit up to four guests with one EBT card.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden Members & Children under 5 FREE
Military Personnel, Veterans, and Military Families: 20% off general admission year-round with a valid Military ID or Dependent ID.
Guests must pay admission to the Garden to visit Twigs cafe and the Garden Shop.

Children’s Terrarium Workshop
Saturday, November 11, 11am–12noon
Member $8 per child, Non-member $15 per child, includes admission and all materials. Ages 8+. Pre-registration required; max. 25.
Kids create their own terrarium to take home and grow on their own. Click to register.

Volunteers are needed as are terrariums.

Contact Emmi Kurosawa

Got News? - Sep 11, 2017 by Webmaster
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.

Man who smuggled endangered carnivorous plants into U.S. sentenced - Oct 20, 2017 by Webmaster
Oregon Live: Orchard said he would have been horrified if his actions were directly responsible for endangering the pitcher plant species, "an organism I had so much love for.''

U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown said it appeared that Orchard's arrest and prosecution got his attention and she didn't believe prison would be appropriate.

She sentenced him to three years of probation, including six months of home detention.

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DNA reveals how pitcher plants evolved to become flesh-eaters - Sep 15, 2017 by Webmaster
ABC Science: Findings published today in Nature Ecology and Evolution show while the three species evolved independently in different parts of the world over time, the biological processes they use to digest insects are incredibly alike.

Co-author Victor Albert, from Buffalo University, said the finding suggested there were limited evolutionary pathways by which plants could develop flesh-eating traits.

Carnivorous plants grow in very nutrient-poor habitats and produce carbon through the usual photosynthetic processes, just like other plants.

However, Dr Albert said, because their habitats failed to provide enough phosphorus and nitrogen, nature's equivalent of "fertiliser", they had to develop unusual ways to collect these nutrients.

"The animals [they prey on] have this in abundance in the form of the proteins and nucleic acids that are released when the plant digests them," he said.

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Carnivorous plant's prized genetic treasures, unveiled - Sep 15, 2017 by Webmaster
ScienceDaily: The carnivorous humped bladderwort plant, Utricularia gibba, is a sophisticated predator. It uses vacuum pressure to suck prey into tiny traps at speeds less than a millisecond. A new genomic analysis shows that, over millions of years, it repeatedly retained and enhanced genetic material associated with its carnivorous nature. These include genes that facilitate the trapping of prey, the digestion of proteins, and the transport of small bits of protein from one cell to another.

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