Plant stem cell – cross section

Glass

590 mm (diameter) x 6 mm

Cellular complexity and beauty is all around us, whether we can see it or not.

Plant stem cells serve as the origin of plant vitality. These have both the capacity to self-renew (make more stem cells by cell division), as well as to differentiate into mature, specialised cells. Plant stem cells never undergo the ageing process but immortally give rise to new specialised and unspecialised cells. They have the potential to grow into any organ, tissue, or cell in the body. Plants comprise the oldest and the largest living organisms on earth.

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by Joy Levins