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Thu March 25, 2010 By: Suchet Raghavan

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Thu March 25, 2010

Nastic movements are non-directional responses to stimuli. Example -The opening and closing movements of many flowers, and the responses of leaves to changes of temperature and light, are externally directed, or paratonic, nastic movements. Specialized plants, such as the insectivorous sundew, move in response to the touch and chemical stimuli of captured insects.

 

A tropism  is a biological phenomenon, indicating growth or turning movement of a biological organism, usually a plant, in response to an environmental stimulus. In tropisms, this response is dependent on the direction of the stimulus. Example - Movement of plant shoot towards the light source.

 

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