This is not something to interest everyone, but I found it fascinating.
First of all, this points out--if out needs pointing--how intricate, complicated, and ingenious nature is. How cool is the mechanism described? I recall noticing climbing plants and wondering how they work, but would never be able to figure this out without the help of researchers.
Second, this shows again how creative humans can be in studying nature. Someone had to invent and produce a machine to replicate one feature of a plant. Who has money and time for that?
Finally, I wonder why scientists study such aspects of nature. Either someone is interested in this subject...or they are running out of topics to investigate.
With some imagination, one can find parallels to human use of others to pull themselves to higher levels in the hierarchy. Social climbing cannot be achieved without using (often invisible) tendrils...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.