Growing Root Tip of Corn (x50 light microscope) – showing protective root cap and apical meristem.
The wonder of root development, vital for everything from food production to the establishment of great forests.
Every tiny root has a protective cap of constantly replaced cells. Behind this, around & just above the apical meristem – cells are dividing, reproducing via mitosis (look carefully at the photo & you may see cell nuclei / chromosomes in various stages of division). These cells then elongate & mature further up the root. By this method the root progresses down in to the soil in search of water, nutrients & stability.
- Credit: AnnMarie Jones
- Camera: Canon EOS 77D
- Copyright: AnnMarie Jones
- ISO: 100
- Keywords: Mag x50, Microscopy, Natural History, Plant
- Shutter speed: 1/2s
- Title: Root Growth