Root cap of wheat

Root cap of wheat

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Scanning electron micrograph of the root cap of wheat, Triticum vulgare. The root cap produces a slimy mucous which lubricatres the passage of the root through the soil. The cells that produce the slime are continually sloughed off, a mechanism that enables the constant renewal of the protective layer for the tip. In this micrograph the cells at the root tip are firmly embedded in the slime, while futher back loose cells are shed. The root cap is the site of the fastest rates of cel division, because it is contantly renewing the cells lost at its surface. Magnification X125 (at 10x8 size).

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Keywords: botany, cap, longitudinal, nature, plant, plants, root, root cap, roots, scanning electron micrograph, sem, triticum vulgare, wheat

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