Bean seedling being held in a hand

Bean seedling being held in a hand

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Credit: TONY CRADDOCK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bean seedling. Germinating bean seedling, Vicia sp., held upside down in a hand to show the root system. The bean (at centre) is shown in the later stages of germination, with many lateral roots (at upper centre) and unfolding leaves (at bottom centre). The lateral roots develop from the main root, the first part of the bean to break through the seed coat. Their role is to anchor the seedling in the soil and collect water and minerals. The leaves grow away from gravity or towards light and are designed to use light to make food for the plant. The bean lies dormant until the right combination of warmth, water and availability of oxygen causes germination.

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Keywords: bean, bean seedling, botany, germination, nature, part, parts, plant, plants, reproduction, reproductive, root, seedling, structure, type, vicia sp.

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