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A Protein That Helps Carnivorous Plants to Trap Their Prey:

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  • May 28, 2021

It is being observed that the brush of an insect wing acts as a major tool in capturing its prey and it is predicted that some insects are much harmful that they will lead you to death. It is said by our elder ones that we should avoid holding insects in our hands because they can unintentionally cause a lot of harm to a human body by their bite, so we should maintain a safe distance from them to avoid getting hurt. But now a biological discovery, which says that plant, has the power to capture an insect and kill them by taking energy from the insect. These plants' sense and touch responses are still poorly understood because there is a lot of undiscovered rocket science behind them. And, at the molecular level, it is very much difficult to understand them because they carry a very complex structure within them.

Now a new study has identified a key protein involved in touch sensitivity for flytraps and other carnivorous plants. Proteins are one of the main factors for developing a structure like this. The findings that were published in the journal life, helps to explain a very critical process that has long puzzled researchers. This could also help scientists to better understand the situation of how plants of all kinds sense and make a quick response to mechanical stimulation which could also have a potential application in medical therapies that mechanically stimulate human cells such as neurons and other cells.

Talking about the Venus flytrap which is considered to have a very fast response to touch and the movement is so quick that it is invisible to the naked eyes. This is considered a great opportunity for researchers to study more about the plant-sensitive touch and to study a sensory modality that has been poorly understood historically.