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Venus Flytrap Poacher Is Going to Prison

NC man took 970 rare plants from public land

(Newser) - A North Carolina man will go down in horticultural history as the first person to serve a stretch in prison for felony Venus flytrap poaching. Paul Simmons Jr., 23, was one of four people arrested with 970 of the rare carnivorous plants early last year. On Tuesday, a jury found... More »

Poachers Threaten Existence of Venus Flytraps in Wild

It's now a felony to take them, as four men arrested in North Carolina found out

(Newser) - Four men caught skulking around a nature preserve in North Carolina earlier this month have learned all about a new state law: It's now a felony to pick a Venus flytrap in the wild. The men, ages 22 to 49, were caught with 970 of the plants and earned... More »

Feed Me, Seymour! Lab Decodes Floral Intelligence

Plant 'brains' may help build better robots

(Newser) - Plants have signaling and response systems that could make major contributions to robotics and communications research. The controversial field of “plant neurobiology” starts from the assumption that plant biology mirrors the human nervous system—and has a lot to teach scientists and engineers, Wired reports. The head of the... More »

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