How are the minerals absorbed by the plants?


How are the minerals absorbed by the plants?


The absorption of soil nutrients by the roots of plants occurs in two main phases – apoplast and symplast.

During the initial phase or apoplast, there is a rapid uptake of nutrients from the soil into the free spaces of plant cells. This process is passive and it usually occurs through trans-membrane proteins and ion-channels.

In the second phase or symplast, the ions are taken slowly into the inner spaces of the cells. This pathway generally involves the expenditure of energy in the form of ATP.

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