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The Nanotechnology of Sundew and English Ivy

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Image of a sundw leaf showing tentacles that secrete a powerful adhesive.

The tentacles protruding from the sundew secrete a powerful adhesive capable of stretching a million times its size. One microliter ((0.0002 teaspoons) ) of the sundew's adhesive is capable of covering a 25-square-millimeter (about 0.04 square-inch) surface.

Credit: Pelagie Favi, University of Tennessee and Samantha Tracht, University of Tennessee


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