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Classification of Meristem PPT


Plant Science PPT

Meristem Classification PPT
(Characteristics and Classification of Meristematic Cells in Plants PPT)

What is Tissue? How Tissue is Classified? What is Meristematic Tissue? What are the Characteristics of Meristematic Cells? Classification of meristem: Apical Meristem, Lateral Meristem, Intercalary Meristem, Primary Meristem, Secondary Meristem.

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Meristematic Tissue: Structure and Classification (Key Points)


different types of meristematic tissues

What are meristems?

Ø  Meristem is a type plant tissue composed of an undifferentiated mass of cells.

Ø  They are rapidly dividing cells found in the growing portions of the plant and they give rise various plant organs.

Ø  The primary function of meristem is to assist in plant growth.

Ø  Living cells other than meristem can also give rise new cells; however, the meristems carry on such activity indefinitely.

Ø  Meristematic cells not only add new cells to the plant body but also perpetuate themselves.

Ø  Meristematic cells when divide, some portions of division do not differentiate into adult cells but remain meristematic.

Ø  The term meristem was first proposed by Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli (1817–1891) in his book Beiträge zur Wissenschaftlichen Botanik (“Contributions to Scientific Botany”).

Ø  The word meristem is derived from a Greek word ‘merizein’ meaning ‘to divide’.

Characteristics of Meristematic Cells

Ø  The characteristic features of meristematic cells are summarized in the post: Characteristic Features of Meristematic Cells

Classification of meristems

Ø  Meristems are classified according to TWO criterions

(1). Classification based on position in the plant body

§  Apical meristem

§  Lateral meristem

§  Intercalary meristem

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