How the Venus Flytrap Snaps

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dc.contributor.author Forterre, Yoel
dc.contributor.author Skotheim, Jan M.
dc.contributor.author Dumais, Jacques
dc.contributor.author Mahadevan, Lakshminarayanan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-29T19:55:54Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Forterre, Yoel, Jan M. Skotheim, Jacques Dumais, and Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan. 2005. How the Venus flytrap snaps. Nature 433(7024): 421-425. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0028-0836 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9967608
dc.description.abstract The rapid closure of the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) leaf in about 100 ms is one of the fastest movements in the plant kingdom. This led Darwin to describe the plant as "one of the most wonderful in the world". The trap closure is initiated by the mechanical stimulation of trigger hairs. Previous studies have focused on the biochemical response of the trigger hairs to stimuli and quantified the propagation of action potentials in the leaves. Here we complement these studies by considering the post-stimulation mechanical aspects of Venus flytrap closure. Using high-speed video imaging, non-invasive microscopy techniques and a simple theoretical model, we show that the fast closure of the trap results from a snap-buckling instability, the onset of which is controlled actively by the plant. Our study identifies an ingenious solution to scaling up movements in non-muscular engines and provides a general framework for understanding nastic motion in plants. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Engineering and Applied Sciences en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Organismic and Evolutionary Biology en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Other Research Unit en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Nature Publishing Group en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1038/nature03185 en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.seas.harvard.edu/softmat/downloads/2005-07.pdf en_US
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dc.title How the Venus Flytrap Snaps en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal Nature en_US
dash.depositing.author Dumais, Jacques
dash.embargo.until 10000-01-01

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