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Katherine Times Wed 19 Aug 2015



Katherine Times Wed 19 Aug 2015


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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10 KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19 2015 www.katherinetimes.com.au >> Connect to Country UNIQUE ADAPTATION: Carnivorous plants have adapted to flourish in some of the harshest growing conditions in the Top End. THERE are many places where it can be difficult to be a plant. The sandstone escarpment that provides a stunning backdrop to cascading waterfalls and a huge blue sky is a dry and desolate place at times. Soil is limited and, along with it, the nutrients that a plant needs to grow big and strong. We usually think of plants as being quite passive, growing leaves and roots, and waiting for the soil and the sun to provide what they need. For plants surviving in the cracks on sandstone rocks, this many not be such a great survival strategy. Carnivorous plants have the issue of nutrientdeficient soils sorted. Well adapted to growing in areas where soil is minimal, carnivorous plants have developed many different strategies to attract, trap and digest prey. Some carnivorous plants are passive and have no moving parts, instead relying on insects being attracted to water-filled pitfall traps. Insects crawl or fly into the trap, are unable to escape and drown in liquid-filled bodies that the plant uses to adsorb prey. Many carnivorous plants use active mechanisms. Some, like Venus fly traps, have snap traps that are sprung by insects touching trigger hairs. Sundew plants have rapidly-growing tentacles and mucus glands that move fast enough to trap small insect prey. Utricularia species, found along sandstone swamps and creek lines, create a partial vacuum inside a small bladder that has a small opening sealed by a hinged door. When trigger hairs are touched, the door opens and small insect prey is dragged inside by the vacuum. Whatever their action, many carnivorous plants are found only in isolated areas that are easily damaged by erosion and disturbance. National parks provide an essential haven to these special and surprisingly aggressive members of the plant kingdom, ensuring that they will be around to amaze us for many years to come. Ph: (08) 8972 2633 Fax: (08) 8972 3454 32 Crawford Street, Katherine NT 0851 l Email: sales@hohns.com.au wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.......hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnssssssssssssssssssssss....ccccccccccccccccccccoooooooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Fabrication Welding Machining A W 17 36 15 7 PINE TREE RESTAURANT 3 Third Street, Katherine Phone 8972 2533 For bookings Why go anywhere else? When we serve you. The tastiest variety and best quality of food. 10% off Thursday and Friday See Facebook KBSS for our specials Dont wait, become addicted to our food now. Wednesday night Curry night - $18 per person A W 17 34 30 9 KATHERINE REGIONAL ROADSHOW 2015 Knotts Crossing Resort, Friday 28 August 2015, 12.00noon to 5.00pm Giving lo cals a v oice in n orthern develop ment http://n tfarmers .org.au/ food-fut ures Farming future in the Katherine Cropping systems and economics for NT farming Whats happening in Qld and WA farming Farming on pastoral lands Meeting environmental imperatives Light lunch and afternoon drinks provided RSVP NT Farmers 8983 3233 Funded by KEY SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Learning from successful NT farmers. Peter Marks, Andrew Dalglish and Jon Shaw Minister Willem Westra van Holthe Alister Trier CEO NT DPIF. Whats in the Northern White Paper and the Agricultural Competiveness White paper? WAs agricultural development strategy. Jo Anne Ellis, WA What did Peanut Company Australia learn? Dr Graeme Wright Whats happening in the Gulf and Cape York - Gareth Jones, Qld. Dept. Agriculture and Fisheries Science, Sustainability and Security. Prof. Michael Douglas, Charles Darwin University Luke Bowen The North Australia development push A W 17 39 58 3 Carnivorous plants put bite on Top End survival by CLARE PEARCE

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