Odor attracts specific insects: titan arum
The inflorescence of the titan arum plant attracts specific pollinators by emitting an intense, carrion-like odor.
|Biomimetic Application Ideas|
|Bursts of pest control products as a response to environmental cues.|
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"A pronounced odor, different from species to species but usually carrion-like. A truly classical demonstration of its biological significance was given in 1926 by Knoll (1)…the odor serves the purpose of attracting large numbers of small insects-mostly Psychodid flies, but also some Staphylinid beetles-which are thereupon trapped in the floral chamber where they are held prisoner for about a day." (Bastiaan 1960:70)
Amorphophallus titanum (Becc.) Becc.
IUCN Red List Status: Unknown
Some organism data provided by: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Bursts of pest control products as a response to environmental cues.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Pest control