Transportation of Minerals in Plants
Like water, minerals are also necessary for plants to survive. About 16 minerals are necessary for plants. These minerals are present in soil in the form of inorganic salts such as nitrates and phosphates. In soil, these minerals get dissolved in water and are absorbed by roots along with water. From roots, the minerals are transported to various parts of a plant along with water by xylem vessels by same procedure as described earlier.
Thus, in plants both water and minerals are transported from roots to upper parts (stems, leaves, flowers and fruits) by xylem vessels.
Test Your Understanding and Answer These Questions:
- Describe transport minerals in plants.
- From where do plants absorb minerals?
- How minerals are absorbed by roots from soil?