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From the Ted Talk by Kenny Coogan: The wild world of carnivorous plants

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Around the world there are more than 600 pnlat species that supplement a rlegaur diet of sunlight, wtaer, and soil with insects, microbes, or even frogs and rats. Scientists believe that carnivory in plants evveold separately at least six times on our planet, suggesting that this flesh-munching adaptation holds a maojr benefit for plants. Carnivorous paltns tend to grow in pleacs with highly acidic soil, which is poor in crucial nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. In these hostile conditions, plants that are able to lure, trap, and disegt prey have an advantage over those that rely on soil for their nutrients.

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Around the world there are more than 600 _____ species that supplement a _______ diet of sunlight, _____, and soil with insects, microbes, or even frogs and rats. Scientists believe that carnivory in plants _______ separately at least six times on our planet, suggesting that this flesh-munching adaptation holds a _____ benefit for plants. Carnivorous ______ tend to grow in ______ with highly acidic soil, which is poor in crucial nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. In these hostile conditions, plants that are able to lure, trap, and ______ prey have an advantage over those that rely on soil for their nutrients.

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  3. plant
  4. regular
  5. water
  6. evolved
  7. places
  8. major

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Around the world there are more than 600 plant species that supplement a regular diet of sunlight, water, and soil with insects, microbes, or even frogs and rats. Scientists believe that carnivory in plants evolved separately at least six times on our planet, suggesting that this flesh-munching adaptation holds a major benefit for plants. Carnivorous plants tend to grow in places with highly acidic soil, which is poor in crucial nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. In these hostile conditions, plants that are able to lure, trap, and digest prey have an advantage over those that rely on soil for their nutrients.

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