Reliance on prey-derived nitrogen by the carnivorous plant Drosera rotundifolia decreases with increasing nitrogen deposition
2012 (English)In: New Phytologist, ISSN 0028-646X, E-ISSN 1469-8137, Vol. 195, no 1, 182-188 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Carnivory in plants is presumed to be an adaptation to a low-nutrient environment. Nitrogen (N) from carnivory is expected to become a less important component of the N budget as root N availability increases. Here, we investigated the uptake of N via roots versus prey of the carnivorous plant Drosera rotundifolia growing in ombrotrophic bogs along a latitudinal N deposition gradient through Sweden, using a natural abundance stable isotope mass balance technique. Drosera rotundifolia plants receiving the lowest level of N deposition obtained a greater proportion of N from prey (57%) than did plants on bogs with higher N deposition (22% at intermediate and 33% at the highest deposition). When adjusted for differences in plant mass, this pattern was also present when considering total prey N uptake (66, 26 and 26 mu g prey N per plant at the low, intermediate and high N deposition sites, respectively). The pattern of mass-adjusted root N uptake was opposite to this (47, 75 and 86 mu g N per plant). Drosera rotundifolia plants in this study switched from reliance on prey N to reliance on root-derived N as a result of increasing N availability from atmospheric N deposition.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 195, no 1, 182-188 p.
carnivorous plants, nutrient use, plant-animal interactions, pollution, stable isotope analysis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176796DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04139.xISI: 000304448500021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-176796DiVA: diva2:537757