Finally, a proper research paper out again today!

Like most (experimental) labs, we struggled to keep up with publishing through the pandemic, with lockdowns and university closures making it challenging to keep the research going smoothly. As a result, we published more review papers and commentaries, and fewer research papers than we would like (and normally do). Today, the first proper data paper in quite a while was finally published – can’t say how good that feels! And it’s Anne‘s first research paper from her PhD – even better! Her study on the mechanics underlying the springboard prey capture mechanisms of tropical Nepenthes gracilis pitcher plants already won her a poster prize at the SEB conference in Montpellier last month, and now it’s also out as a shiny research paper. For this study, Anne stuck¬†N. gracilis pitchers in a micro-CT scanner and imaged them with different lid positions – thereby visualizing the deformation of the pitcher during a drop impact-induced ‘strike’. Surprisingly, the spring turned out to be far more complex than we had thought – and it’s direction-dependent as well!¬† Published open access in Biology Letters, you should not miss giving it a read!