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Aboveground plant surfaces are typically covered with a waxy cuticle. Why do roots lack this protective coating?

Summary Introduction

To explain: The reason why the roots lack the protective covering like the plant surface which has a waxy cuticle.

Concept introduction: Root is the plant part that typically lies below the soil surface. The root system is the extensive of the shoot system. The important function of the roots include taking up water (H2O) and mineral ions from the soil, anchor the plant to the soil, and store nutrients in some cases.

Explanation

The waxy covering on the plant leaves, young stems, and leaves are called cuticle. The plant surface is located above the ground. The root that is located below the ground lacks this waxy cuticle protection.

The waxy cuticle in the plant surface like stem and leaves help them to keep the water in plant...

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