What Does the Root of a Plant Do?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 8, 2020 1:37:57 PM ET
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The main function of a plant root is to absorb water and minerals from the soil for the plant to use. Roots also anchor plants into the ground, offering them support and keeping them from washing or blowing away. In some plants, such as carrots, roots store carbohydrates that the plant has made through photosynthesis for later use.

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