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Dressed for success: soft gel cloaked in membrane can snap brick

A young green-leaved tree plant grows through a crack in a concrete floor.

A membrane-wrapped gel exerts a force similar to a plant’s turgor pressure, which allows a seedling to crack hard surfaces. Credit: Thichaa

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Nature 604, 600 (2022)



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