Problem: What components of the xylem and phloem facilitate transport of water, nutrients and sugars? How are water and minerals transported from the soil to the xylem? What role does the Casparian strip play in transport of water and minerals into the xylem? How does it affect the pathway of transport?

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The xylem contains tracheids and vessels while the phloem has sieve tubes which helps to facilitate water and nutrient transport in the plants. 

  • Tracheids are the hollow plant cells of the Xylem which allows the passage of water from one cell to another cell. Xylem also contains vessel element, an elongated, barrel like cell which helps in the transportation and circulation of water in the plant body.
  • Sieve tubes are continuous tube formed by joined sieve tube elements. The open pores present of these tubes helps to facilitate the transport of the solute particles such as nutrients and sugar.
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What components of the xylem and phloem facilitate transport of water, nutrients and sugars? 


How are water and minerals transported from the soil to the xylem? 


What role does the Casparian strip play in transport of water and minerals into the xylem? How does it affect the pathway of transport?