Carnivorous plants and their ecological environment

One of our main research topics is focused on ecological aspects of wetlands and moors. Due to the deficiency of nutrients, many plants in this habitat have developed mechanisms to extract proteins from animals and insects. Leaves have been transformed into special traps but the mechanisms of nutrient uptake and transport in the plant remain to be clarified. In Drosera sp., we have developed a method to describe the uptake of animal protein (endocytosis, membrane permeation). Now, we are able to investigate other carnivorous plants in this respect. Furthermore, diploma and PhD students investigate additional ecological aspects like the interaction of fauna and flora within the physical-geochemical conditions of moors.


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  • Koller-Peroutka M, Lendl T, Watzka M, Adlassnig W (2015): Capture of algae promotes growth and propagation in aquatic Utricularia. In: Annals of Botany, Band 115, Nr. 2, 02.2015, S. 1-10.

  • Koller-Peroutka, M & Adlassnig, W (2015): 'Können freischfressende Pflanzen auch Vegetarier sein?' Nutrition News, Bd. 3, S. 24-25. 

  • Adlassnig W., Koller-Peroutka M., Bauer S., Koshkin E., Lendl T., Lichtscheidl I.K. (2012): Endocytotic uptake of nutrients in carnivorous plants.  The Plant Journal: 71(2):303-13.

  • Koller-Peroutka, M., Lendl, T., Adlassnig, W. (2011) Traps of carnivorous pitcher plants as a habitat: composition of the fluid, biodiversity and mutualistic activities. Annals of Botany 107 (2): 181-194.

  • Adlassnig W., Mayer E., Peroutka M., Pois W., Lichtscheidl I. K. (2010): The North American carnivorous plant Sarracenia in Europe. Phyton 49: 279 - 292
    ISI – IF 0.465, Plant Sciences 148/188.

  • Adlassnig, W., Mayer, E., Koller-Peroutka, M., Pois, W., Lichtscheidl-Schultz, I. (2010): Two American Sarracenia species as neophyta in Central Europe. Phyton. Annales Rei Botanicae 49: 279-292.
  • Adlassnig W., Pranjić K., Mayer E., Steinhauser G., Hejjas F., Lichtscheidl I. K. (2010): The abiotic environment of Heliamphora nutans (Sarraceniaceae): Pedological and microclimatic observations on Roraima Tepui. Brazilian Journal of Science and Technology 53: 425 – 430.
  • Adlassnig W., Lendl T., Peroutka M. and Lang I. (2010): Deadly glue - adhesive traps of carnivorous plants. In: Biological Adhesive Systems. von Byern J. and Grunwald I. (Ed): Springer. Book Chapter, pp 15-28.
  • Adlassnig, W., Steinhauser, G., Peroutka, M., Musilek, A., Sterba, J.K., Lichtscheidl, I.K., Bichler, M. (2009): Expanding the menu for carnivorous plants: uptake of potassium, iron and manganese by carnivorous pitcher plants. Applied Radiation and Isotopes 67: 2117-2122.
  • Adlassnig, W., Lendl, T., Peroutka, M., Lichtscheidl, I.K. (2009): Insektenfressende Pflanzen - Darwin und die Anfänge der Karnivorenforschung. In: Stöcklin J., und Höxtermann E. (eds) Darwin und die Botanik. Basilisken-Presse im Verlag Natur & Text. pp 102-130  
  • M. Peroutka, W. Adlassnig, M. Volgger, T. Lendl, I. K. Lichtscheidl (2008): Utricularia - a vegetarian carnivorous plant? Algae as prey of bladderwort in oligotrophic bogs. Plant Ecology 199: 153-162
  • Peroutka M., Adlassnig W., Lendl T., Pranjic K., Lichtscheidl I. K. (2008): Functional Biology of Carnivorous Plants. In: J. A. Texeira da Silva (Ed.): Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology. Advances and Topical Issues. Vol V: 266-286.
  • Steinhauser G., Adlassnig W., Peroutka M., Musilek A., Sterba J. H., Bichler M., Lichtscheidl I. K. (2007): Application of radiotracers in an exotic field of botany: How to feed carnivorous plants. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 274: 403-410.
  • Plachno B., Adamec L, Lichtscheidl I K, Peroutka M, Adlassnig W, Vrba J (2006): Fluorescence labelling of phosphatase activity in digestive glands of carnivorous plants. Plant Biology 8: 813 - 820
  • Adlassnig, W., M. Peroutka, W. Pois, I. K. Lichtscheidl. (2006) Aldrovanda vesiculosa and its cohabitant algae in culture. In Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 35 (3): 84-88.
  • Adlassnig W., Peroutka M., Eder G., Pois W., Lichtscheidl I. K. (2006): Ecophysiological observations on Drosophyllum lusitanicum. Ecological Research 21, 255 – 262.
  • Peroutka, M. Tschumpel, S., Lichtscheidl, I.K. (2005): Traps and Trapping Mechanisms in Utricularia. Acta Botanica Ballica 152, Pages 111-124. 
  • Adlassnig W., Peroutka M., Lambers H., Lichtscheidl I. K. (2005): The roots of carnivorous plants. Plant and Soil 275, 127 – 140.
  • Adlassnig W., Peroutka M., Lambers H., Lichtscheidl I. K. (2005): The roots of carnivorous plants, in Lambers, H. and Colmer T. D. (Eds.): Root physiology: from gene to function. Kluver Academic Publishing, 272 pp.
  • Adlassnig W., Peroutka M., Lang I., Lichtscheidl I. K. (2005): Glands of carnivorous plants as a model system in cell biological research. Acta Botanica Gallica 152, 111 - 124                      
  • Lichtscheidl, I.K., Lancelle, S.A., Hepler, P.K., 1990: Actin-endoplasmic reticulum in Drosera. Their structural relationship with the plasmalemma, nucleus, and organelles in cells prepared by high pressure freezing. Protoplasma 155, 116-126.