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Lecture 19

LIFE 121 Lecture 19: Exam 2: Plant Transport

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Life Sciences
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LIFE 121
Roberto Cortinas

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Plant Transport Plant Acquisition of Resources o Success depends on ability to gather and conserve resources from environment o Transport of materials is critical to a plants integrated functioning Transport of Substances o Plants have developed mechanisms for transporting substances over short or long distances o Why was the development of vascular tissue critical? Allows extensive root and shoot systems Provides longdistance transport Resulting in competition for light, water, nutrients Transport in Vascular Tissue o Xylem transports water and minerals from roots and shoots o Phloem Transports photosynthetic products form where they are made or stored (sources) to where they are required (sinks) Transport of Substances o Adaptations in each species represent compromises between enhancing photosynthesis and minimizing water loss Transport Pathways o Two principal compartments of plant tissue Apoplast Consist of everything external to plasma membrane Cell walls, extracellular spaces, and the interior of vessel elements and tracheas Symplast Consists of the cytosol of the living cells as well as the plasmodesmata Plasmodesma (singular) a microscopic channel that crosses the cell walls of plant cells allowing transport and communication between them o Three possible transport routes for water and solutes Apoplectic route Through cell walls and extracellular spaces Symplastic route Through the cytosol Transmembrans route
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