Leaves enable photosynthesis to
occur. Photosynthesis is the process by which leaves absorb light and
carbon dioxide to produce carbohydrate (food) for plants to grow. Leaves
are adapted to perform their function, eg they have a large surface
area to absorb sunlight.
Plants have two different types of
'transport' tissue, xylem and phloem, that move substances in and around
the plant. When water evaporates from the leaves, resulting in more
water being drawn up from the roots, it is called transpiration.
Structure of a leafFunctions of leaves
The function of a leaf is photosynthesis – to absorb light and carbon dioxide to produce carbohydrates. The equation for photosynthesis is:
Carbon dioxide and water → glucose and oxygen
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