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Biological Chemistry

Periodic Graphics: The chemistry of Venus flytraps

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning highlights the molecules exploited by the carnivorous plant to lure, catch, and digest its prey

by Andy Brunning
October 14, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 41

 

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To download a pdf of this article, visit cenm.ag/flytrap.

References used to create this graphic:

Venus flytrap’s eating habits

Venus Flytraps Are Even Creepier Than We Thought

Venus Flytrap: How an Excitable, Carnivorous Plant Works

How Venus flytrap triggers digestion

The Venus flytrap attracts insects by the release of volatile organic compounds

A collaboration between C&EN and Andy Brunning, author of the popular graphics blog Compound Interest


 

To see more of Brunning’s work, go to compoundchem.com. To see all of C&EN’s Periodic Graphics, visit cenm.ag/periodicgraphics.

 

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