A plant consists of three parts: Root, Stem and Leaf
Summarised, the transport inside the plant works as follows:
The roots absorb the water from the soil. Then, the water and it’s nutrients are converted into new parts of plant. These are mostly large, organic molecules, which are used all around the plant (for example, as a growth substance in the roots). The engine boosting the production inside the leaves, is photosynthesis.
Everybody knows that a plant needs water in order to survive. Without it, it goes weak, dries out and dies. It is also well known that the plant sucks up water through the roots, along with the nutrients. It all seems simple and logical, but in fact this is a complex process.
If we take a closer look, we will find that all climate-related factors, such as light, light-duration, humidity and temperature are closely related to the watering process.
Water and solved nutrients continually have to go up, and the newly produced molecules have to go down. So we are not just dealing with the transport of water and nutrients, but also with that of ‘large’ organic matter. How this functions and why there are no traffic-jams, we will discuss that later. Let’s start with the roots.
Water transport inside the roots
A root has different functions. Aside from taking in the water, they provide stability of the plant. In balance with it’s top-soil counterpart, a root has to grow (ad synthesize new root-parts), and carry partial responsibility for the storage of reserve-nutrients. They are also the production facility for very specific molecules (like nicotine for the tobacco-plant)
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