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For These Plants, No Victim Is Too Small

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The tropical plant Genlisea is a tiny, homely rosette of simple green leaves. If you dig up its roots, you will find what look like an unremarkable bunch long, pale underground roots. Except they are not roots. They are death traps.

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Wonderful Things: Parasite Shoots Tiny Animals with Harpoons Launched from Guns

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The most complicated fungal cell known to science belongs to a parasite called Haptoglossa mirabilis first lured into a rotifer-baited trap in the soil of a tropical greenhouse in a Toronto suburb on October 7, 1979. Inside that trap lay a cell so intricate and finely tuned it gives jellyfish stinging cells a run for their money.

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Frog-Killing Fungus Meets Its Match in Hidden World of Tiny Predators

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As I reported in a feature story in Scientific American last December , some fungi have been behaving badly of late, attacking bats, plants, amphibians, reptiles, and people with gusto, driving many species to extinction and others to the brink. It’s all quite depressing. But today in Scientific American online I report some good news: [...]

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The Startling Mechanical Beauty of a Rotifer in Motion

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This curious creature, captured here under the microscope, is not a protist. It’s an animal. An animal, in fact, that can be smaller than some unicellular microbes. It’s a rotifer, and its stock in trade is sucking tiny prey to their doom. These multi-cellular micro-animals — which, let me emphasize again, are smaller than some [...]

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