Micronutrients | Role of the Enzymes
THE ROLE OF ENZYMES
In The Machinery of Metabolism
The growth cycle of the plant begins shortly after the seed is placed in the ground. Small protein clusters called enzymes in the germ cells of the seed are activated. The important life-giving feature of an enzyme is its ability to speed up the rate of a specific chemical reaction in the plant, thus promoting rapid growth. Each individual enzyme is tied in to one chemical reaction.
The necessary enzymes continue to be produced in each cell at the time of cell division ... throughout the life of the plant. Each protein cluster is designed to carry on its particular task during plant growth. As the plant enters the fruiting stage, the blueprints for establishing the next cycle of enzymes are laid down in the genes of the seed. Finally, a few enzymes that will initiate growth in the seed are located under the seed coat, and all is in readiness for the next