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Who discovered the root pressure?
A. Stephen hales
B. Priestley
C. Dixon
D. Renner

Last updated date: 21st Jun 2024
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Hint: When a plant is carefully cut close to the base of the stem, the sap oozes from the stump. The fluid comes out forcibly, that pressure is known as root pressure.

Complete answer: Root pressure is a vital significance in plants, for it forces up water against the gravity to the tip of even the tallest plant.
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Let us observe a root and a part enlarged to show the root hairs. Now let us know what the pressure means and how it is developed. The water and mineral salts absorbed from the soil by the root hairs, gradually accumulate in the cortex. As a result, the cortical cells become fully turgid. Under this condition, their elastic walls being much stretched exert pressure on the fluid contents and force out a small quantity towards the xylem vessel. Now the cortical cells become flaccid, they again absorb water and become turgid and the same process continues. Thus, an intermittent pumping action goes on in the cortex of the root and this gives rise to a considerable pressure. As a result of this pressure, the water is forced into the xylem vessels through the passage cells of the endodermis and the unthicken areas and pits that the vessels are provided with. Besides, the lignified walls of vessels are also permeable to water. Root pressure is thus explained as the pressure exerted on the liquid contents of the cortical cells of the root under fully turgid conditions forcing the amount of them to the xylem vessels and thru them upwards into the stem up to the height. The gradient of water concentration that presents across the cortex produces a pushing force called root pressure. This root pressure theory was given by Priestley.
Hence, from the above discussion we can conclude that the option-B is the right answer.
Note: There are four different theories for the ascent of sap are cohesion tension theory, root pressure theory, theory of capillarity 4. vital force theory. In root pressure theory, osmotic, electro-osmotic and non-osmotic are three points about the mechanism of root pressure development.