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An important difference between plant development and animal development is that _______.

  1. a. only plant development depends on hormones
  2. b. plants continue to develop throughout their lifetime
  3. c. animals, but not plants, have a circulatory system

Summary Introduction

Concept introduction: Plants are the eukaryotic group of organisms that continue their growth and differentiation till their death. Meristematic cells present in their root and shoot tips are primarily responsible for this unlimited growth process. The case of animals is not similar, where they undergo division and produce new tissues only up to a stage in their life time.

Explanation

Reason for correct answer: Plants have an amazing ability to continue their growth throughout their lifetime. The driving force behind this unusual property lies in the hands of meristematic cells present at their root and shoots tips. Meristamatic cells are the primary site of mitotic division, which produce many new cells that are very important to replace the damaged part in the plant body.

Option b. is given as “plants continue to develop throughout their lifetime”. Since plants have the unique ability to continue their growth throughout their life, option b...

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