Storage organ

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A storage organ rsp. A reserve organ is a component in living beings ( animals and plants ) that is used to store certain substances for a longer period in order to use them for catabolism when necessary , or to protect oneself from environmental influences .

In humans and animals , for example, the liver is a storage organ. The skin also stores fluid and minerals that protect it from dehydration.

In plants , the storage organ can be a beet , an onion , a tuber , a rhizome or the rhizome . The main focus here is on protection from frost so that the plant can survive the winter .


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