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    I was just wondering what makes a VFT close? I know about the small hairs in the mouth, and when that is triggered they close. What goes on inside the plant when the mouth closes, I was thinking that it was a massive explosion of cell division, but I may be wrong? Just curious [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    your wrong but not by far. when a prey touches the trigger hairs it sends an electrical shock through the plant that causes the cells on the trap to double their size very quickly and the trap to change the inside from convex to concave

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    believe that it is very rapid cell growth along the "hinge" on the trap that makes them close. the rapid cell growth requires the use of a lot of energy. this is why it isn't a good idea to falsely trip the trigger hairs just to watch the trap close.

    again, i believe that's how they work...

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    i beleive the eleectircal shock thing is more beleivable, so if cells divided rapidly in seconds, if this was possible in such complicated living cells as a venus fly traps, then jungles would surely have FASTER growing non-cp plants
    such quick cell division is not very likely [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
    nice way to put it to a kid though [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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