Apoplast and symplast are two different pathways in plants through which water and other substances move. Both pathways have distinct characteristics that differentiate them from each other. This article will discuss the differences between apoplast and symplast, their respective functions, and the implications of these differences.
About Difference Between Apoplast And Symplast
|Non-living cell pathway||Living cell pathway|
|No cytoplasmic streaming||Involves cytoplasmic streaming|
|Movement of molecules by diffusion||Movement of molecules via plasmodesmata|
|Cell wall is the main barrier||Plasma membrane is the main barrier|
|Transport occurs in both directions||Transport occurs only in one direction|
|Slow transport rate||Fast transport rate|