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Deadly Insect Trapping Plant:

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  • Jun 18, 2021

It is observed that the brush of an insect wing is an important tool for catching its prey and for hunting. Some insects are predicted to be harmful and deadly to humans and that is why, it is logical to avoid holding these insects in our hands as they can inadvertently cause great damage to a human body due to their movement, which is very unpredictable as well. It is better we keep a certain distance from them so that they do not harm us. Now there is a surprising discovery in biology that says few plants such as Venus flytrap can trap an insect and also, kill it as some plants add energy to the insect post catching them.

How these plants feel and react to touch is still poorly understood because this nature of plant is not normal and at the molecular level, it's also difficult to understand because they involve a very complex structure. The study identifies a key protein that appears to be involved in the touch sensitivity of fly traps and other carnivorous plants. Protein is one of the main factors in the development of such a structure. The results, published in the journal life, help to explain a very critical process that has long confused researchers into thinking deeply because it is incomprehensible.

This could also help scientists better understand the situation regarding how plants of all kinds perceive and response to mechanical stimulation and the results could potentially be utilized in medical therapies as they too, mechanically stimulate human cells such as neurons and other cells. Researchers have proved that plants sense touch and consequently respond to stimuli. In fact, they respond so fast to touch that their movement is invisible to the naked eye. Researchers are still investigating further, about sensitive touch in plants and a sensory modality that was little known historically.