Garden Word of the Day
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Cells are the building blocks of all living things. Your garden plants are no exception.
All animal and plant cells both contain the following:
Differences between plant and animal cells
Animal cells are generally rounded and irregular, while plant cells tend to be rectangular and more rigid. This rigidity comes from cellulose, pectin, hemicellulose, and occasionally lignin. This is also what holds your garden plants upright. When they are suffering water stress, they lose some of that rigidity and start to wilt.
Plant cells are also different from animal cells because they have cell walls and an organelle called a chloroplast. Animal cells do not have chloroplasts because they do not produce their own food. If we had chloroplasts, we would probably be green! Chloroplasts contain the chlorophyll used in photosynthesis.
As minerals, such as calcium, move around in a plant cell, they can trigger all sorts of activities, ranging from building nodes to house nitrogen-fixing bacteria to producing the delicious fruits and vegetables we love.
2/3/2016 12:55:53 am
I read your word of the day and Plant Cells was great!
2/5/2016 11:51:53 pm
Thank you, Danie!
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