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Phototropism

History Of Phototropism Research, Cholodny-went Theory, The Photoreceptor Pigment, Phototropism In Other Organisms

Phototropism is the orientation of an organism in response to asymmetric illumination. Phototropism is commonly observed in the stems of higher plants, which grow bent toward a light source. Phototropism can be positive (bending toward a light source) or negative (bending away from a light source), depending on the organism and nature of the illumination. Phototropism and other tropisms are different from nastic movements, which are also common in plants. A tropism is the orientation of an organism in response to an external stimulus in which the stimulus determines the orientation of the movement. A nastic movement is a growth movement in which the stimulus does not determine the orientation of the movement.


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