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πŸƒ Structure and function of a mesophytic leaf

Like insects, plants must meet the opposing demands of water retention and gas exchange. The site of photosynthesis in plants, as well as the gas exchange site, is the leaf. This is what a section through a leaf looks like:

 

 

The large surface area of most leaves maximises photosynthesis, while the tightly packed palisade mesophyll cells contain chlorophyll to carry out photosynthesis to meet the plant’s energy needs.

 

The mesophyll cells (more specifically, the spongy mesophyll) are surrounded by quite a lot of empty space for air to mingle around, providing plenty of surface area for gas exchange by diffusion. They are tightly packed and perform photosynthesis.

 

Air with its carbon dioxide (necessary for photosynthesis) enters the leaf through the stomata. Stomata are holes on the leaf surface, made by the guard cells. They can open and close depending on…

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