Thursday, November 30, 2017

Arthro-Pod Episode 34 Attack of the bug-eating plants

Hey there bug lovers! On today's show Michael Skvarla is flying solo to interview fellow Penn State entomologist Dr. Tanya Renner! Dr. Renner is an evolutionary biologist who is helping the world to figure out the evolutionary patterns of carnivorous plants and bombardier beetles. Tune in to learn all about her fascinating research!

Drosera rotundifolia by Tanya Renner 

Show notes for today's episode:

Check out the Renner Lab website-

If you are curious about carnivorous plants or want to grow your own here are some great resources provided by our guest:

For purchasing plants Dr. Renner says, "I’ve working with folks at California Carnivores (Peter D’Amato and Damon Collingsworth) for over a decade and I would highly recommend them. Also, Sarracenia Northwest ( has super nice pitcher plants. I haven’t been able to find a supplier on the east coast yet."

Go check those folks out!

Great books on growing carnivorous plants:
Other good info guides/biology books on carnivorous plants:
The International Carnivorous Plant Society is a great resource for articles on how grow these plants, general biology, and conservation. The society publishes a quarterly newsletter, which includes scientific publications.

Photo by Tanya Renner
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Beginning/ending theme: "There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0