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1 Transportation of Water
The large amount of water lost by transpiration must be replaced. (Evaporation from stems and leaves known as transpiration, is caused by drying power of air.) Water in the soil is taken up by roots and transported upwards through the xylem of roots to stems and into the leaves. There are four main processes for the transport of water: 1. Root osmotic pressure 2. Cohesion- adhesion (Transpiration – Cohesion Theory) 3. Capillarity 4. Transpiration pull


3 1.ROOT OSMOTIC PRESSURE Most absorption of water and minerals occur through root hairs which are extensions of epidermal cells located along young root tips. Root pressure: The pressure that holds up the column of water called root pressure. Root pressure is actually osmotic pressure caused by a build up of solutes in the xylem of roots. In a root the endodermis pumps solutes into the vascular cylinder by active transport. As a result, solute concentration increases in the root xylem, lowering the concentration of water here. Thus water in the soil diffuses into the root xylem causing a build up of pressure. The pressure in the root xylem forces water upward through the xylem of stem.



6 Transportation of Water
***In the root cells osmotic pressure is high because cells take (dissolved minerals) solute by active transport. (The amount of water is low)

7 Gutation Gutation (yaşarma, damlama): It is the formation of water droplets at the edge of leaves as a result of root pressure. Gutation occurs at night and only in small plants growing under moist conditions. Because of the pressure build up, water in the xylem of leaf is forced out onto the surface of leaves in the form of droplets. These droplets usually can be seen easily in the morning. Salts can be forced out with water. Dew drops (Çiğ): They are the result of water vapor in the air condensing on cool leaf surface. It must not be confused with gutation!!!




11 2. Cohesion- Adhesion Water has two important properties. Adhesion
Between the molecules of water a force of attraction is formed. H H H H - O O O O + So, water molecules are held together as a droplet. Between molecules of water and the cellulose molecules that form the wall of xylem tube an attraction is formed.

12 3. Capillary Action It is the tendency of liquid to rise inside a narrow tube. ***Capillary action can raise water in xylem no more than several centimeters. *** Plant’s stem has lots of capillary tubes which are called tracheids and vessel members.

13 4. Transpiration Pull During transpiration, water molecules evaporate from the surface of leaf cells through stomata. The lost water is replaced by water in contact with water at the end of a water column in the leaf xylem. When this happens, other water molecules in the column are drawn into the leaf tissue by the strong attractive forces between water molecules. Consequently, the loss of water by evaporation creates a pull or tension on the columns of water in the xylem. Water is pulled up through the xylem. This process is called transpiration pull.

14 This pull is similar to what happens when you sip a drink through a straw. As you suck on the straw, you pull air upward lowering the air pressure at the surface of the column of fluid. The liquid then flows from higher pressure, at the bottom of the straw, to lower pressure above the liquid in the straw. In a similar fashion removal of water from the top of a xylem tube lowers the air pressure there and creates an upward pull on the water. H2O evaporates H2O

15 PATHWAY OF WATER Soil Root tissues Root xylem Stem xylem
(epidermis, cortex etc.) Atmoshere Leaf mesophyll Leaf xylem





Environmental Factors: - Water amount of soil - Temperature - Amount of light - Moisture in the air - Wind

Internal factors: - Number of leaves - Number of stomata - Structure of stomata - Place of stomata in leaves (upper epidermis or lower epidermis, deeper part of epidermis, or surface of epidermis) - Surface area of leaves - Thickness of cuticle - Venation in leaves - Hairs on the leaves - Turgor pressure and osmotic pressure of root hairs.

22 Transportation Of Nutrients
Materials exported by cells for use elsewhere in the plant are transported through the phloem. The most abundant of these materials are sugars, other materials commonly exported by plant cells include hormones, amino acids and ions. Sugars produced in the leaves during photosynthesis are distributed to other cells in the plant where they are stored or used for energy. This movement of dissolved food through a plant is called translocation.

23 Sugars and other cell products travel in a watery solution from source to sink.
A source is a place where sugars are added to phloem ( The main sources are leaves) A sink is a place where sugars are removed from the phloem ( The main sinks are actively growing parts, such as emerging leaves and developing fruits)

24 A plant will die if phloem transport through its stem is blocked
A plant will die if phloem transport through its stem is blocked. This phenomenon is known as girdling , sometimes happens in trees where phloem forms the inner layer of bark. Porcupines, rabbits and other mammals seeking food in winter may gnaw on the bark all around the trunk at their particular feeding height. A wound distrups the phloem. A swelling develops just above the girdled area as the downward flow is blocked. The tree dies several years later, after the root has exhausted its supply of starch.




Fluid in the phloem moves from areas of high pressure (where sugar concentration is highest) to areas of lower pressure (where sugar concentration is low) Cell A Cell B Cell A has higher sugar concentration but cell B has low sugar concentration.

29 In the source, sugars are actively transported into companion cells.
They then flow via plasmodesmata into the phloem tube. The higher concentration of sugars inside the tube pulls in water by osmosis, creating a higher water pressure. The sugary solution then flows away from this part of the phloem tube. In the sink, sugars flow into companion cells and then are pumped, by active transport into other cells. The concentration of sugar in the phloem tube decreases and water is drawn out by osmosis, creating a lower water pressure. Fluids then flow into this part of the phloem tube.

30 As the concentration of sugar in a sieve tube rises, water is drawn in by osmosis. The inflow of water raises the water pressure, and the fluid is pushed to regions of the tube where water pressure is lower:

31 A sink develops wherever sugar leaves a sieve tube
A sink develops wherever sugar leaves a sieve tube. In a root, sugar travels from the sieve tube via plasmodesmata to a companion cell. The companion cell pumps the sugar into other cells of the root. As sugar leaves the sieve tube, water follows by osmosis. The water pressure in this part of the sieve tube then drops, and fluids flow into it from other parts: The transport of fluid within a sieve tube from source to sink does not require energy. Energy is required to create a source and sink to pump in sugar at one end of the sieve tube and to pump out sugar at the other end.







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