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Plants and Their Parts

Root growth

Roots are the first part of a plant to emerge as a seed germinates into a seedling! This helps the plant to absorb the water it needs to continue to grow. Observe the tiny hair-like structures growing out from each root! These root hairs increase the surface area of the roots, allowing them to absorb more water.

Roots hold soil together

Roots anchor plants firmly to the soil by gripping soil tightly. As a result, they help to hold soil together, reducing the chances of soil erosion!. Observe how the presence of plants in soil greatly reduces the amount of soil washed away by water.