Answer to Question #153429 in Cell Biology for ohaniso

Question #153429

In plant media culture, list the function(s) for each element present in “minor inorganic nutrients” and iron. 

Expert's answer

Functions of iron in plant culture include;

  • Respiration and metabolism
  • Forms a constituent of several enzymes and some plant pigments
  • Assists in the reduction of nitrates and sulfates
  • Iron is also very essential in the formation of chlorophyll

Iron is reportedly the most important of all the other minor nutrients required by plants in the culture medium during tissue culture.

The overall functions of minor inorganic elements in the medium are;

  • A second important minor inorganic nutrients is EDTA, which is Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid is used primarily as a chelating agent, binds to calcium hence preventing the joining of cathedrins between cells, prevents the clumping of cells in a liquid suspension and is additionally used in detaching adherent cells.

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