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Siftee Ratra , asked a question
Subject: Science , asked on 2/2/13

what is difference between roots of terestrial plant and aquatic plant?

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Deepak Jangra From Navyug School, added an answer, on 28/4/14
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Differences between terrestrial and aquatic habitats lead to big differences in the characteristics of aquatic and terrestrial vascular plants. The high density of water makes aquatic organisms more buoyant, so aquatic plants invest less resources in support tissues than terrestrial plants. Because aquatic plants are surrounded by water, water loss is not a problem. Thus, submerged plants lack the structural and protective structures produced by terrestrial plants. For example, submerged aquatic plants lack a well develop waxy cuticle layer to prevent desiccation. Because submerged plants are capable absorbing water, nutrients, and dissolved gases directly through their leaves, xylem (the part of the plant responsible for carrying water and nutrients from the roots to the leaves) is reduced or absent. Leaves of submerged aquatic vegetation lack stomata, the pores in the leaves through which terrestrial plants exchange gases such as carbon dioxide and water vapor with the environment. In terrestrial plants roots play an important role in the absorption of water and nutrients. Roots are often reduced (or lacking) in submerged aquatic vegetation and their only function is to anchor the plant to the ground.

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Lakshmi.k From Arvind Gupta D A V Centenary Pub Sch, added an answer, on 1/3/13
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Roots of terrestrial plants:

  • The main function of the  roots of terrestrial plants go deep into the soil to absorb nutrients and water present in the soil

Roots of aquatic plants :-

The main function of the roots of aquatic plant is to hold the plant firm in the water.  The roots are reduced in size.  

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Bhavna Pawar From Sadhu Vaswani Int. School For Girls, added an answer, on 4/2/13
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 terrestial plants are found on land habitat but aquatic plants are found in water areas.

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Bhavna Pawar From Sadhu Vaswani Int. School For Girls, added an answer, on 4/2/13
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Differences between terrestrial and aquatic habitats lead to big differences in the characteristics of aquatic and terrestrial vascular plants. The high density of water makes aquatic organisms more buoyant, so aquatic plants invest less resources in support tissues than terrestrial plants. Because aquatic plants are surrounded by water, water loss is not a problem. Thus, submerged plants lack the structural and protective structures produced by terrestrial plants. For example, submerged aquatic plants lack a well develop waxy cuticle layer to prevent desiccation. Because submerged plants are capable absorbing water, nutrients, and dissolved gases directly through their leaves, xylem (the part of the plant responsible for carrying water and nutrients from the roots to the leaves) is reduced or absent. Leaves of submerged aquatic vegetation lack stomata, the pores in the leaves through which terrestrial plants exchange gases such as carbon dioxide and water vapor with the environment. In terrestrial plants roots play an important role in the absorption of water and nutrients. Roots are often reduced (or lacking) in submerged aquatic vegetation and their only function is to anchor the plant to the ground.

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Bhavna Pawar From Sadhu Vaswani Int. School For Girls, added an answer, on 3/2/13
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terrestial plants are found on land habitat but aquatic plants are found in water areas.

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