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Name: Kevin S.
Status: student
Age: 30s
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Date: 3/4/2004


Question:
I was taught in high school that the bark of a tree is what transfers water to the rest of the tree. Is this true? I know that if you remove the bark, by say, a weed eater, the tree dies..........what does the bark do?


Replies:
The bark includes the xylem (vessels for transporting water), phloem (vessels for nutrients), and vascular cambium (meristematic region where new cells emerge).

For more information, please see the following:

dendro.cnre.vt.edu/forestbiology/htmltext/chapter1.htm#bark

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bark

http://www.sirinet.net/~jgjohnso/plants.html

Anthony Brach, Ph.D



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