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OEB 52 Take Home Quiz 1

OEB 52 Take Home Quiz 1 - Sarah Callan Take Home Quiz 1 1...

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Sarah Callan 2/14/2011 Take Home Quiz 1 1. The larger kale leaves are on the lower part of the stem because they are older leaves. The apical meristem is at the top of the shoot, and as it grows and moves up, it leaves behind the plant body. The leaves at the bottom get larger after the cells stop dividing by expanding through elongation. The man in the Basil video cuts the basil above the bottom 2 leaves because he was removing the apical meristem, but did not want to damage the plant so much so that it could not recover. By cutting above the two leaves, he leaves a functional phytomer that will be able to continue growth. The basil grows back bushier than before because when the apical meristem is removed, axillary buds break their dormancy and become new growing shoots. When an apical meristem of a plant is damaged, often multiple buds will replace the apical meristem, creating many new branches of growth.
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