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6: Cells, Tissues, and Woody Growth

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    Learning objectives
    • Compare the functions of the diverse cell types and their organelles.
    • Understand how cells build the plant and their origins in meristematic tissue.

    Cells are the building blocks of the plant. Even the mightiest oak begins as a single, microscopic cell produced by fertilization. That single cell replicates, differentiates, and develops into the complex tissues, organs, and systems of the plant. In this chapter we’ll will learn about the internal workings of plant cells and how those cells, some living and some dead, orchestrate the plant’s life cycle.

    Thumbnail: Trichomes extending from the surface of a leaf. Marc PerkinsCC BY-NC 2.0

    This page titled 6: Cells, Tissues, and Woody Growth is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Tom Michaels, Matt Clark, Emily Hoover, Laura Irish, Alan Smith, and Emily Tepe (Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project) via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.