When plants produce too much food than can be consumed, what do they store excess food as?

1 Answer
Jan 14, 2018

insoluble subtances


advantages of insoluble substances:

  • can be stored for a long time without moving from storage areas
  • if soluble glucose were stored, it would be moved around the plant in the phloem
  • insoluble substances do not affect water concentration of cells, meaning that enough water can diffuse into cells as normal

examples of insoluble substances in plants:

  • cellulose, used for cell walls
  • proteins, for growth and repair of cells
  • fats/oils, for high-energy stores and thermal insulation