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2 Plants are the first link in the food chain through. photosynthesis
Plants are the first link in the food chain through photosynthesis. This affects all animals. I. Concept 35.1: Plant Structure Plants, like multicellular animals, have organs composed of different tissues, which in turn are composed of cells A. Three Basic Plant Organs: Roots, Stems, Leaves They are organized into a root system and a shoot system Roots rely on sugar produced by photosynthesis in the shoot system, and shoots rely on water and minerals absorbed by the root system


4 1. Roots Are multicellular organs with important functions: Anchoring the plant Absorbing minerals and water Storing organic nutrients A taproot system consists of one main vertical root that gives rise to lateral roots, or branch roots Adventitious roots arise from stems or leaves Seedless vascular plants and monocots have a fibrous root system characterized by thin lateral roots with no main root

5 In most plants, absorption of water and minerals occurs near the root hairs, where vast numbers of tiny root hairs increase the surface area Many plants have modified roots


7 2. Stems A stem is an organ consisting of: An alternating system of nodes, the points at which leaves are attached b. Internodes, the stem segments between nodes An axillary bud is a structure that has the potential to form a lateral shoot, or branch An apical bud, or terminal bud, is located near the shoot tip and causes elongation of a young shoot Apical dominance helps to maintain dormancy in most nonapical buds Many plants have modified stems

8 Modified stems include:
Stolons—horizontal stems growing along surface of ground (strawberry) Rhizomes—horizontal stems growing underground (iris) Tubers—some end in enlarged tubes where food is stored (potatoes) Bulbs—vertical, underground shoots with leaves modified for food storage (onion)


10 3. Leaves a. Are the main photosynthetic organ of most vascular plants b. Leaves generally consist of a flattened blade and a stalk called the petiole, which joins the leaf to a node of the stem c. Some plant species have evolved modified leaves that serve various functions

11 Types of Leaves


13 B. Tissues: Dermal, Vascular, and Ground
Each plant organ has dermal, vascular, and ground tissues Each of these three categories forms a tissue system


15 1. Dermal Tissue System Outer protective covering that secretes the cuticle In nonwoody plants consists of the epidermis In woody plants periderm replaces the epidermis in older regions of stems and roots

16 2. Vascular Tissue System
Carries out long-distance transport of material between roots and shoots Two types of Vascular Tissue: a. xylem-transports water and dissolved mineral upward from root into shoots b. phloem-transports organic nutrients from where they are made to where they are needed Vascular tissue of a stem or root is collectively called the stele The stele of stems and leaves is divided into vascular bundles (strands of xylem and phloem)

17 Ground Tissue System Refers to any tissue not dermal or vascular Include cells specialized for photosynthesis, storage and support

18 C. Common Types of Plant Cells
Parenchyma Collenchyme Sclerenchyma Water–conducting cells of the xylem Sugar—conducting cells of phloem

19 Protoplast—refers to cell contents exclusive of the cell wall
1. Parenchyma Cells Most abundant plant tissue Primary walls are thin and flexible Lack secondary walls Store food and water Protoplast has large central vacuole Perform most of plant’s metabolic functions such as PS and food storage Least specialized—typical plant cell Retains the ability to divide and differentiate into other cell types under special conditions (wound healing)

20 Parenchyma Cells

21 2. Collenchyma Living support tissue with unevenly thickened cell walls No secondary walls (no lignin) Usually grouped in strands or cylinders for support for young parts of plant Located just beneath the epidermis and along the midrib of a leaf Provide flexible support

22 Collenchyma Cells

23 Parenchyma and Collenchyma Cells

24 Sclerenchyma Sclerenchyma cells are rigid because of thick secondary walls strengthened with lignin They are dead at functional maturity There are two types: a. Sclereids are short and irregular in shape and have thick lignified secondary walls b. Fibers are long and slender and arranged in threads

25 Sclereid and Fiber Cells

26 Sclerenchyma

27 4. Xylem Water conducting cells Dead cells with secondary walls Stain red Consists of two cell types: a. Tracheids -long, thin, tapered cells with lignin-hardened secondary walls with pits -water moves from cell to cell through pits -function in support and water transport -more primitive -found in xylem of all vascular plants

28 b. Vessel elements -wider, shorter, thinner-walled -less tapered
-long chains of vessel elements called xylem vessels -more efficient water conductors than tracheids -more advanced -found in most angiosperms and a few gymnosperms


30 5. Phloem Sugar-conducting cells Stain green
Alive at functional maturity Composed of: a. Sieve tube elements -long narrow cells -lack nucleus, ribosomes, and vacuole, but are alive at maturity -sieve plates (end walls) are perforated as well as side walls b. Companion cells -lie adjacent to sieve tubes and direct their activity -connected to sieve tube by plasmodesmata (thin streams of cytoplasm)

31 Phloem

32 Xylem and Phloem

33 II. Concept 35.2: Meristematic Tissues
A. A plant can grow throughout its life; this is called indeterminate growth B. Some plant organs cease to grow at a certain size; this is called determinate growth C. Life span of flowering plants: Annuals complete their life cycle in a year or less Biennials require two growing seasons Perennials live for many years

34 D. Meristems are perpetually embryonic tissue and allow for indeterminate growth
Apical meristems are located at the tips of roots and shoots and at the axillary buds of shoots Apical meristems elongate shoots and roots, a process called primary growth Lateral meristems add thickness to woody plants, a process called secondary growth There are two lateral meristems: the vascular cambium and the cork cambium The vascular cambium adds layers of vascular tissue called secondary xylem (wood) and secondary phloem The cork cambium replaces the epidermis with periderm, which is thicker and tougher



37 III. Concept 35.3: Primary growth lengthens roots and shoots
Primary growth produces the primary plant body, the parts of the root and shoot systems produced by apical meristems Primary Growth of Roots The root tip is covered by a root cap, which protects the apical meristem as the root pushes through soil Growth occurs just behind the root tip, in three zones of cells: Zone of cell division Near tip and includes the apical meristem Quiescent center is made up of reserve replacement cells

38 2. Zone of elongation Cells elongate and push root through the soil 3. Zone of differentiation Elongated cells complete their differentiation and become functionally mature Region where root hairs develop Farthest from root tip


40 The primary growth of roots produces the epidermis, ground tissue, and vascular tissue
In most roots, the stele is a vascular cylinder The ground tissue fills the cortex, the region between the vascular cylinder and epidermis The innermost layer of the cortex is called the endodermis Lateral roots arise from within the pericycle, the outermost cell layer in the vascular cylinder

41 Eudicot Root

42 Stele—Vascular Cylinder

43 Monocot Root

44 Lateral Roots



47 B. Primary Growth of Shoots
A shoot apical meristem is a dome-shaped mass of dividing cells at the shoot tip Leaves develop from leaf primordia along the sides of the apical meristem Axillary buds develop from meristematic cells left at the bases of leaf primordia


49 1. Tissue Organization of Stems
Lateral shoots develop from axillary buds on the stem’s surface In most eudicot stems, the vascular tissue consists of vascular bundles that are arranged in a ring In most monocot stems, the vascular bundles are scattered throughout the ground tissue, rather than forming a ring

50 Stems

51 2. Tissue Organization of Leaves
The epidermis in leaves is interrupted by stomata, which allow CO2 exchange between the air and the photosynthetic cells in a leaf Each stomatal pore is flanked by two guard cells, which regulate its opening and closing The ground tissue in a leaf, called mesophyll, is sandwiched between the upper and lower epidermis Below the palisade mesophyll in the upper part of the leaf is loosely arranged spongy mesophyll, where gas exchange occurs

52 The vascular tissue of each leaf is continuous with the vascular tissue of the stem
Veins are the leaf’s vascular bundles and function as the leaf’s skeleton Each vein in a leaf is enclosed by a protective bundle sheath

53 Leaves

54 IV. Concept 35.4: Secondary growth in woody plants
A. Secondary growth occurs in stems and roots of woody plants but rarely in leaves B. The secondary plant body consists of the tissues produced by the vascular cambium and cork cambium C. Secondary growth is characteristic of gymnosperms and many eudicots, but not monocots

55 Secondary Growth


57 D. The Cork Cambium and the Production of Periderm
The cork cambium gives rise to the secondary plant body’s protective covering, or periderm Periderm consists of the cork cambium plus the layers of cork cells it produces Bark consists of all the tissues external to the vascular cambium, including secondary phloem and periderm


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