Physics of rapid movements in plants
Aix-Marseille Université – CNRS UMR 7343, IUSTI – 13453 Marseille Cedex 13, France
2 Université Grenoble Alpes – CNRS UMR 5588, LiPhy – 38402 Saint-Martin-d’Hères, France
3 Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée – Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, CNRS UMR 7336 – 06108 Nice Cedex 2
Plants move, and not only under the action of the wind or during growth. Although they lack muscle, some have developed mechanisms to generate surprisingly fast movements, with speeds (about 10 m/s) and accelerations (thousands of g) that compete and even surpass those encountered in the animal kingdom.
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