MadSci Network: Botany

Re: Where do plants store their food?

Date: Tue Nov 9 18:58:17 1999
Posted By: Vanessa Craig, MadSci Admin
Area of science: Botany
ID: 940370831.Bt

Good question, Cara.

    There are many places different plants store their food. One way of knowing 
where a plant stores food is by looking at what parts of the plant animals (like 
you and I) like to eat. Some plants store food in their roots. Can you think of 
some plant roots that you've eaten recently? One good example of a root holding 
lots of plant food is the carrot. 
    Often plants will store food very close to their seeds, this food 
storage is called a fruit. A fruit is a form of plant food storage that 
serves two purposes for the plant. It attracts animals to eat the fruit and 
spread the seeds contained in the fruit. The fruit also provides a source of 
food for the growing seeds. Some kinds of plants also store water. The cactus 
lives in deserts where there isn't very much water. Water is usually stored in 
stems and not leaves, so the plant can protect the water from evaporating in the 
dry, hot desert environment.

I hope this helps!

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