Dr Ulrike Bauer

Dipl. Biol. (Wuerzburg, Germany), PhD (Cantab.)

  • BS8 1TQ

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Research interests

  • Biomechanics, ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions
  • Functional plant morphology and physiology
  • Mechanical plant defences and trapping mechanisms of carnivorous plants

The mechanical ecology of plants and insects is fascinating, hardly studied, and full of surprise. Understanding how plants use mechanical adaptations to manipulate insects adds another dimension to our current view of these all-important ecological interactions. To this end, my research combines the study of functional plant morphology with elements of biomechanics and field ecology. Research questions include how plants use mechanical adaptations such as slippery surfaces, sticky fluids or specialised material properties to deter or trap insects, and how plants have adapted to withstand the forces of wind, rain and hail during increasingly common severe weather events. I have a special interest in the sophisticated trapping mechanisms of carnivorous plants and have studied the trap function and ecology of pitcher plants for over a decade.

 

 

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  • Convergent and divergent evolution in carnivorous pitcher plant traps

    Thorogood, C. J., Bauer, U. & Hiscock, S. J., 1 Feb 2018, In: New Phytologist. 217, 3, p. 1035-1041 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article (Academic Journal)peer-review

    Open Access
    19 Citations (Scopus)
  • Attraction of prey

    Horner, J. D., Plachno, B. J., Bauer, U. & di Giusto, B., 21 Dec 2017, Carnivorous Plants - Physiology, ecology and evolution. Ellison, A. & Adamec, L. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 157 166 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Motile traps

    Poppinga, S., Bauer, U., Speck, T. & Volkov, A. G., 21 Dec 2017, Carnivorous Plants - Physiology, ecology and evolution. Ellison, A. & Adamec, L. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 180 193 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

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