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Unformatted text preview: plant. In addition, plant structure and function is optimized for the process of photosynthesis to efficiently obtain water, CO 2 and light energy in the photosynthetic regions of the plant, primarily leaves, a subject briefly addressed in Biology 211, and reviewed here. Shoot Structure and Light Acquisition As discussed earlier, stems elevate the plant above ground and serve for the attachment of leaves. Phyllotaxy, the arrangement of leaves on the stem, is typically optimized for maximum light capture for photosynthesis, and the typical plant has a spiral phyllotaxy, with leaf primordia placement chemically controlled by the shoot tip meristem....
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2012 for the course BIO 213 taught by Professor Makina during the Fall '09 term at SUNY Stony Brook.
- Fall '09