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Anatomical Difference between Shoot Apex and Root Apex


Difference between shoot and root apex

Shoot Apex vs Root Apex
(Anatomical Difference between Shoot Apex and Root Apex- A Comparison Table)

Apex is the growing terminal portions of the stem and roots in plants. The apical portion of the stem is called ‘Shoot Apex’ and that of the root is called ‘Root Apex’. The apex portions of both stem and root possess a meristematic tissue called the ‘Apical Meristem’. The shoot apex and root apex shows considerable differences both in their external features (morphology) and internal features (anatomy). The present post discusses the anatomical similarities and differences between a shoot apex and a root apex with a comparison table.

Similarities between Shoot Apex and Root Apex

Ø  Both shoot apex and root apex are the growing terminal regions.

Ø  Both contain apical meristem.

Ø  The tissue in both shoot and root apex are primary tissue.

Difference between Shoot Apex and Root Apex

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