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Facing the Green Threat: A Water Flea’s Defenses against a Carnivorous Plant

Kruppert, Sebastian ; Horstmann, Martin ; Weiss, Linda C. ; Konopka, Elena ; Kubitza, Nadja ; Poppinga, Simon ; Westermeier, Anna S. ; Speck, Thomas ; Tollrian, Ralph (2022)
Facing the Green Threat: A Water Flea’s Defenses against a Carnivorous Plant.
In: International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2022, 23 (12)
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00022188
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Abstract

Every ecosystem shows multiple levels of species interactions, which are often difficult to isolate and to classify regarding their specific nature. For most of the observed interactions, it comes down to either competition or consumption. The modes of consumption are various and defined by the nature of the consumed organism, e.g., carnivory, herbivory, as well as the extent of the consumption, e.g., grazing, parasitism. While the majority of consumers are animals, carnivorous plants can also pose a threat to arthropods. Water fleas of the family Daphniidae are keystone species in many lentic ecosystems. As most abundant filter feeders, they link the primary production to higher trophic levels. As a response to the high predatory pressures, water fleas have evolved various inducible defenses against animal predators. Here we show the first example, to our knowledge, in Ceriodaphnia dubia of such inducible defenses of an animal against a coexisting plant predator, i.e., the carnivorous bladderwort (Utricularia x neglecta Lehm, Lentibulariaceae). When the bladderwort is present, C. dubia shows changes in morphology, life history and behavior. While the morphological and behavioral adaptations improve C. dubia’s survival rate in the presence of this predator, the life-history parameters likely reflect trade-offs for the defense.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2022
Creators: Kruppert, Sebastian ; Horstmann, Martin ; Weiss, Linda C. ; Konopka, Elena ; Kubitza, Nadja ; Poppinga, Simon ; Westermeier, Anna S. ; Speck, Thomas ; Tollrian, Ralph
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Facing the Green Threat: A Water Flea’s Defenses against a Carnivorous Plant
Language: English
Date: 2022
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 2022
Publisher: MDPI
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Volume of the journal: 23
Issue Number: 12
Collation: 17 Seiten
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00022188
URL / URN: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/22188
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Origin: Secondary publication DeepGreen
Abstract:

Every ecosystem shows multiple levels of species interactions, which are often difficult to isolate and to classify regarding their specific nature. For most of the observed interactions, it comes down to either competition or consumption. The modes of consumption are various and defined by the nature of the consumed organism, e.g., carnivory, herbivory, as well as the extent of the consumption, e.g., grazing, parasitism. While the majority of consumers are animals, carnivorous plants can also pose a threat to arthropods. Water fleas of the family Daphniidae are keystone species in many lentic ecosystems. As most abundant filter feeders, they link the primary production to higher trophic levels. As a response to the high predatory pressures, water fleas have evolved various inducible defenses against animal predators. Here we show the first example, to our knowledge, in Ceriodaphnia dubia of such inducible defenses of an animal against a coexisting plant predator, i.e., the carnivorous bladderwort (Utricularia x neglecta Lehm, Lentibulariaceae). When the bladderwort is present, C. dubia shows changes in morphology, life history and behavior. While the morphological and behavioral adaptations improve C. dubia’s survival rate in the presence of this predator, the life-history parameters likely reflect trade-offs for the defense.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Daphnia, inducible defenses, carnivorous plant
Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-221886
Classification DDC: 500 Science and mathematics > 570 Life sciences, biology
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering and machine engineering
Divisions: 10 Department of Biology
10 Department of Biology > Botanischer Garten
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2022 14:20
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 08:28
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