Normally, we applaud efforts to reduce meat consumption But in this case, it’s a little disturbing.
Scientists at Loughborough University discovered that acid rain is causing carnivorous plantsto change their behavior and become vegetarian. Normally, these plants depend on living things that fall into their traps to provide nutrients necessary for survival. According to the study’s lead author Dr. Jonathan Millet, nitrogen pollution is supplying carnivorous plants on Swedish bogs with so many nutrients, they don’t need to eat as many flies.
To arrive at this conclusion, Millet examined drosera rotundifolia, otherwise known as the common sundew, which grows in rain-fed bogs across much of northern Europe. These habitats are nutrient-poor, so the plant needs to boost its nitrogen intake by trapping midges and other insects with its sticky leaves.