Unformatted text preview: holds the plant into the ground helping the plant stay in place once it breaks the ground. Even more importantly, this root structure is able to collect water and deliver this water to the rest of the plant. As most seeds are very dry, the water gives the plant the ability to undergo many metabolic processes. The water and extra nutrients provided by the root structure give the plant a longer amount of time to find the surface. Consider: If the shoot grew first, and it did not find the surface before the cotyledons ran out of nutrients, the plant would simply die. However, as the roots grow they collect more nutrients and prolong the plants ability to find the surface. In conclusion, the root growth is necessarily first in order for the plant to establish itself with a strong base and in order for the plant to begin collecting nutrients and water....
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- Spring '06
- Photosynthesis, root structure, Michael Glamore