MadSci Network: Botany

Re: what part of the plant carries water and nutrients to other parts of the pl

Date: Thu Mar 23 19:51:18 2000
Posted By: David Hershey, Faculty, Botany, NA
Area of science: Botany
ID: 953771279.Bt

The xylem carries water and mineral nutrients mainly upward in the plant or 
from roots to shoots. Xylem consists of dead hollow cells stacked end to end to 
form "pipes." The phloem mainly moves organic compounds, such as sugars, but 
can move them in any direction required. The phloem can also redistribute some 
mineral nutrients. Phloem cells are living while they function.

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