Leaf-folding response of a sensitive plant shows context-dependent behavioral plasticity

  title={Leaf-folding response of a sensitive plant shows context-dependent behavioral plasticity},
  author={Sabrina Amador‐Vargas and Marisol Dom{\'i}nguez and Gunnary Le{\'o}n and Bel{\'e}n Maldonado and Johanna Murillo and Gabriel L. Vides},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
The fast touch-induced folding of leaves in sensitive plants may function for deterring herbivores, but it relies on energetically costly action potentials and interferes with photosynthesis. Here, we tested whether the intensity of the folding response in Mimosa pudica was modulated based on previous experiences, and whether the modulation was dependent on the probability of exposure to herbivores or pollinators. Younger leaves (under higher herbivory risk) reopened faster with repetitions but… 

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