Spontaneous helix hand reversal and tendril perversion in climbing plants

Alain Goriely, Michael Tabor

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Abstract

The helix hand reversal exhibited by the tendrils of climbing plants when attached to a support is investigated. Modeled as a thin elastic rod with intrinsic curvature, a linear and nonlinear stability analysis shows the problem to be a paradigm for curvature induced morphogenesis in which symmetry breaking is constrained by a global invariant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1564-1567
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume80
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 16 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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