The rate of evaporation from a leaf can be determined using a photosynthesis system. These scientific instruments measure the amount of water vapour leaving the leaf and the vapor pressure of the ambient air. These scientific instruments are commonly used by plant physiologists to measure CO2 uptake and thus measure photosynthetic rate. An asymmetrical cell division occurs in protodermal cells resulting in one large cell that is fated to become a pavement cell and a smaller cell called a meristemoid that will eventually differentiate into the guard cells that surround a stoma. This meristemoid then divides asymmetrically one to three times before differentiating into a guard mother cell.

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After reading this article you will learn about: 1. Definition of Stomata 2. Types of Stomata 3. Top function of Stomata. Definition of Stomata: The stomata are minute pores which occur in the epidermis of the plants.

Each stoma remains surrounded by two kidneys or bean shaped epidermal cells the guard cells. The stomata may occur on any part of a plant except the roots. The epidermal cells bordering the guard cells are called accessory cells or subsidiary cells. Generally the term stoma is applied to the stomatal opening and the guard cells. The guard cells are living and contain chloroplasts in them. They also contain a larger proportion of protoplasm than other epidermal cells.

Usually in the leaves of dicotyledons the stomata remain scattered whereas in the leaves of monocotyldons they are arranged in parallel rows. The number of stomata may also range on the surface of a single leaf from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands per square centimetre. Stomata occur on both upper and lower surfaces of leaf, but especially they are confined to the lower surface.

In floating leaves Stomata are confined only on the upper surface of the leaf. Under normal conditions the stomata remain closed in the absence of light or in night or remain open in the presence of light or in day time. Structurally the stomata may be of different types. Types of Stomata: 1. In this type the stoma remains surrounded by a limited number of subsidiary cells which are quite alike the remaining epidermal cells.

The accessory or subsidiary cells are five in number. In this type stoma remains surrounded by three accessory or subsidiary cells of which one is distinctly smaller than the other two. In this type, the stoma remains surrounded by two subsidiary or accessory cells which are parallel to the long axis of the pore and guard cells.

They are commonly found in Gramineae and Cyperaceae of monocotyledons. Coniferous Stomata: They are sunken and appear as though suspended from the subsidiary cells arching over them. In their median parts the guard cells are elliptical in section and have narrow lumina. At their ends they have wider lumina and are triangular in section. The characteristic of these guard cells is that their walls and those of the subsidiary cells are partly lignified and partly non-lignified.

To facilitate this function, each stoma opens in a sub-stomatal chamber or respiratory cavity. Evaporation of water also takes place through stomata.

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Specialized cells known as guard cells surround stomata and function to open and close stomatal pores. They also help to reduce water loss by closing when conditions are hot or dry. Stomata look like tiny mouths which open and close as they assist in transpiration. The majority of stomata are located on the underside of plant leaves reducing their exposure to heat and air current. In aquatic plants, stomata are located on the upper surface of the leaves. These cells are called guard cells and subsidiary cells.


What Is the Function of Plant Stomata?

Types of Stomata in Plants Stomata are minute pores which occur on epidermal surface of leaves and also some herbaceous stems. Each stoma is guarded by two specialised epidermal cells, called guard cells. These guard cells are also surrounded by other specialised epidermal cells called subsidiary cells or accessory cells. These cells also plays an important role during opening and closing of stomata.


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