Plant Biomechanics: Using Shape to Steal Motion

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For grass species to spread efficiently through their environment requires seeds that can disperse over large distances and burrow into the ground. Recent work using awns from Hordeum murinum in conjunction with mathematical modelling shows that awn shape leverages environmental oscillations in order to produce these directional translations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - May 26 2009
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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