Carnivorous plant's tiny genome packs genetic surprises

February 24, 2015 4:31 PM

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Researchers at the University of Buffalo recently sequenced the genome of Utricularia gibba, one of the most common types of bladderworts called humped or floating bladderwort. Despite its many unique biological features, the quirky aquatic plant has a remarkably short genome.

Inside that short genome are the genetic sequences that enable its odd characteristics. Floating bladderwort forgoes roots, traps prey with vacuum pressure, sprouts small thread-like branches, puts off beautiful yellow flowers and does it all while thriving in aquatic environment.

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