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(a) Differentiate between xylem and phloem.
(b) State two similarities between xylem and phloem.

Asked by Topperlearning User 4th June 2014, 1:23 PM
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(a) Differences between xylem and phloem

Xylem Phloem
1. It conducts water and minerals from roots to leaves. 1. It conducts food from leaves to all parts of the plant.
2. It is composed of mainly dead elements. 2. It is composed of mainly living elements.
3. Transport is unidirectional. 3. Transport is bidirectional.
4. It has four types of cells: Tracheids, Vessels, Xylem parenchyma and Xylem fibres. 4. It has four types of cells: Phloem fibres, Sieve tubes, Companion cells and Phloem parenchyma.

(b) Similarities between xylem and phloem

1. Both are conducting tissues in plants
2. Both are complex tissues in plants

Answered by Expert 4th June 2014, 3:23 PM
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