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Chapter 35 Notes. Plant Structure and Growth. Concept 35.1. Plants are made up of two main systems: the root system and shoot system Plants have three basic organs - roots - stems - leaves. Concept 35.1. Root system - anchor plants in the soil - absorb minerals and water

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chapter 35 notes

Chapter 35 Notes

Plant Structure and Growth

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Concept 35.1

Plants are made up of two main systems: the root system and shoot system

Plants have three basic organs

- roots

- stems

- leaves

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Concept 35.1

Root system

- anchor plants in the soil

- absorb minerals and water

- store food

Monocots have fibrous roots: mat of thin roots that spread out below the soil surface

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Concept 35.1

Dicots have a taproot: one large vertical root that produces lateral branch roots

Root hairs: increase surface area and help absorption of water/minerals

Adventitious roots: roots that are above ground; extend from stem

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Concept 35.1

Shoot system


- an alternating system of nodes (place where leaves are attached) and internodes (the stem between the nodes)

- auxiliary bud: structure that forms a branch

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Concept 35.1

- terminal bud: place of growth of a young shoot

- apical dominance: growth focuses on the terminal bud; inhibits the axillary bud

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Concept 35.1


- main photosynthetic organ of plants

- consist of a flattened blade and a petiole (stalk that join to the node of the stem)

- monocots have parallel veins in leaves

- dicot leaves have a multibranched network of veins

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Concept 35.1

Plant organs are composed of three tissue systems: dermal, vascular, and ground

Dermal tissue

- single layer of tightly packed cells that covers and protects all young parts of the plants

- for the cuticle

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Concept 35.1

Vascular tissue

- involved in the transport of materials between the root and the shoot

- xylem: moves water and dissolved minerals upward from roots

- tracheids and vessel elements are elongated cells that are dead at functional maturity

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Concept 35.1

- phloem: moves food made by leaves to the roots

- sieve-tube members transport sucrose and other organic materials

- sieve plates help move fluid from cell to cell

- companion cell: assist the STM

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Concept 35.1

Ground tissue

- tissue that is neither dermal nor vascular

- in dicots, divided into the pith (internal to the vascular tissue) and the cortex (external to vascular tissue)

- photosynthesis, storage, and support

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Concept 35.1

Plant tissues are composed of three basic cell types: parenchyma, collenchyma, and sclerenchyma

Parenchyma cells

- have 1o cell walls, but lack 2o

- typical plant cell; least specialized

- perform most metabolic functions of the plant

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Concept 35.1

Collenchyma cells

- thicker 1o cell walls

- support young parts of the plant shoot

- provide support without restraining growth

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Concept 35.1

Sclerenchyma cells

- support; form thick 2o cells that are strengthened by lignin

- occur in areas of plants that have stopped growing

- dead at functional maturity

- ex. xylem cells

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Concept 35.2

Most plants grow as long as the plant lives (indeterminate growth)

Annuals: complete their life cycle in one year

Biennial: life of the plant spans two years

Perennials: live many years

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Concept 35.2

A plant is capable of indeterminate growth because it always has embryonic tissue called meristems

- cells that divide to produce additional cells

Plant growth depends on the location of the meristems

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Concept 35.2

Apical meristems: located at the tips of roots and in the buds of shoots

Primary growth: enables roots to grow through soil and shoots to increase their exposure to sunlight

Secondary growth: thickening of the roots and shoots

- formed by lateral meristems

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Concept 35.3

Primary growth of roots

The root tip is covered by a root cap

The zone of cell division include the apical meristem and the 3 primary meristems (protoderm, procambrium, and ground meristem)

- produce the three 1o tissue systems

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Concept 35.3

Primary growth of shoots

The apical meristem of the shoot tip gives rise to the 3 primary meristems that turn into the different tissue systems

Vascular tissue runs through the stem in strands called vascular bundles

- surrounded by ground tissue

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Concept 35.3

In dicots, the vascular bundles are arranged in a ring, with the pith inside the ring, the cortex is outside

In monocots, the vascular bundles are scattered throughout the ground tissue

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Concept 35.3

Tissue organization of leaves

The epidermis is composed of tightly interlocked cells

- stomata: tiny pores that allow for gas exchange w/ the help of guard cells

The ground tissue is sandwiched between the upper and lower epidermis in the mesophyll

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Concept 35.3

- the mesophyll consists of parenchyma cells w/ chloroplasts

The vascular tissue also flows through the leaf from the stem

- contains the xylem and phloem