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Fri August 31, 2012

Unwinding The Cucumber Tendril Mystery

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 11:04 am

How a cucumber creates its curling tendril has stumped scientists for centuries, including Charles Darwin and Asa Gray. With the help of time-lapse photography and prosthetic tendril fabricated in the lab, physicist Sharon Gerbode, biologist Joshua Puzey and colleagues figured out why tendrils twist, according to a new study in Science.