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Does a plant cell work with other cells to be able to function?
Question Date: 2014-10-08
Answer 1:

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 work together.

Why do you think plants have cells that do different jobs instead of having lots of the same cell?

If you are interested in plants, you may want to study botany.

Thanks for asking,

Answer 2:

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!

Answer 3:

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 cell.

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 cells together.

Answer 4:

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.

Answer 5:

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 to function.

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 tube element.

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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