|Does a plant cell work with other cells to be able
|Question Date: 2014-10-08|
Yes, plants are made of many cells. They have
different jobs. Some cells help the plant to
catch the sun's energy. Some make tubes that let
water go or down the plant. Some become pollen or
seeds. The cells have to work together to make
the plant work. If you look at a picture of a
plant cell, you might think that they all look the
same. But they actually have different shapes
depending on their jobs.
The cells can "talk" to each other using
chemicals called hormones. This lets the cells
Why do you think plants have cells that do
different jobs instead of having lots of the same
If you are interested in plants, you may want
to study botany.
Thanks for asking,
Yes, a plant actually has a very close
relationship with soil bacteria. Living things
need 4 main elements: Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen,
and Nitrogen. As you probably know, plants
take carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight and turn
them into sugar. So this takes care of carbon,
hydrogen, and oxygen, but nitrogen is still
missing. Air is mostly nitrogen, but it’s in a
form that plants can’t use. Bacteria on the other
hand can take nitrogen out of the air and make it
into forms that the plant can use. So what happens
is that bacteria in the roots of the plant provide
it with useful nitrogen, and the plant feeds the
bacteria sugars. Without the bacteria’s help,
it is very possible that the plant would have
trouble functioning or couldn’t at all!
Yes, plant cells work together, although different
plant cells do different things, so the way in
which they work together depends on the type of
Almost all plant cells work together to
transport fluids, sugars, and everything else
between cells. This is unlike animal cells;
while we have blood that exists outside of our
cells, the living fluids in plants are inside of
the cells and move through channels that connect
Plant cells work with all the other cells in
the plant, since plant cells come in many types.
Some plant cells are primarily used for taking in
sunlight and photosynthesis. Others are used for
structure (such as the stem or trunk). This helps
the plant cells in the leaf get more sunlight.
They transfer water and nutrients within the plant
to specialize into different cell functions.
That is a really interesting question and I'm
impressed that you are so interested in plant
cells. Actually, did you know that there are over
a dozen different types of plant cells? To answer
your question: Yes, many plant cells do work
together in order to function. There are a number
of examples of different cells that work together
But one of my favorite examples of cooperation
between plant cells involves the cells that
transport sugars throughout the plant body. As you
may know, sugars are produced in the leaves during
the process of photosynthesis. In order for these
sugars to be transported throughout the plant,
they move through a type of cell called a sieve
Sieve tube elements are large and move sugar
and water all around the plant. But one thing that
might surprise you about these fascinating cells
is that they lack DNA and a nucleus. In order to
function, sieve tube elements work with another
cell that acts sort of like a buddy. This cell,
called a companion cell, is located right next to
the sieve tube element. The companion cell has a
nucleus and helps the sieve tube element by
providing important molecules that the sieve tube
element needs to function.
I hope that this answer has been helpful to you
and I wish you the best as you continue to
investigate the amazing world of science!
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