What Is the Difference Between a Root and a Tuber?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 31, 2020 2:04:01 AM ET
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Plant roots are structures developed to draw nutrients and moisture from the soil while tubers serve as storage vessels and as a means to propagate new plants. Plants form tubers on their roots and both their stems. Stem tubers contain stem cells that allow plants to reproduce by forming new stems and leaves. Root tubers are not true tubers as they do not have stem cells or redacted leaves.