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Concentration Gradient

What Does Concentration Gradient Mean?

In gardening, the concentration gradient refers to a graduated difference in the concentration of a solute per unit distance. While an active transport of nutrients and minerals does require a certain energy input, these can also be transported throughout the plant against their concentration gradient. Nutrients are absorbed by the roots before being transported and distributed through the xylem vessels.

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Maximum Yield Explains Concentration Gradient

Osmosis works across a concentration gradient, whereby liquid is transferred from a dilute mixture of sugars and salts, traveling through a semi-permeable membrane before reaching a solution with a far higher concentration. Plants usually contain higher concentrations of sugars and salts than their surroundings. As a result, the water is easily drawn inside since both the cytoplasm and cell membrane act as the plant’s semi-permeable membrane.

Various environmental and intrinsic factors can influence this nutrient uptake, including temperature, light, pH level, as well as the interaction between the nutrients. In Passive-Mediated Glucose transport, no energy is needed for the molecule to pass through the concentration gradient.

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