Dr Chris Whitewoods, Sainsbury Lab, University of Cambridge
Most plants have flat leaves that have evolved to capture the maximum amount of light for photosynthesis. However, from these flat beginnings, carnivorous plants have evolved cup-shaped leaves to trap prey and access a new source of food. Despite our ongoing fascination with carnivorous plants, we don’t really understand how they evolved such complex cup-shaped traps from simple flat leaves. In this talk Chris will show how he uses Utricularia gibba, a carnivorous bladderwort, to investigate this problem using developmental analysis, genetic manipulation and computational modelling. Find out how work in such an unusual plant is helping us understand how flat leaves grow.