The field of plant physiology includes the study of all the internal activities of plants¬óthose chemical and physical processes associated with¬†life¬†as they occur in plants. This includes study at many levels of scale of size and time. At the smallest scale are¬†molecular¬†interactions of¬†photosynthesis¬†and internal¬†diffusion¬†of water, minerals, and nutrients. At the largest scale are the processes of plant¬†development,¬†seasonality,¬†dormancy, and¬†reproductive¬†control. Plants may respond both to directional and non-directional stimuli. A response to a directional stimulus, such as gravity or sunlight, is called a tropism. A response to a nondirectional stimulus, such as temperature or humidity, is a nastic movement. Major subdisciplines of plant physiology include¬†phytochemistry¬†(the study of the¬†biochemistry¬†of plants) and¬†phytopathology¬†(the study of¬†disease¬†in plants). The scope of plant physiology as a discipline may be divided into several major areas of research. plant physiology deals with interactions between cells,¬†tissues, and organs within a plant. Different cells and tissues are physically and chemically specialized to perform different functions.¬†Roots¬†and¬†rhizoids¬†function to anchor the plant and acquire minerals in the soil.¬†Leaves¬†catch light in order to manufacture nutrients. For both of these organs to remain living, minerals that the roots acquire must be transported to the leaves, and the nutrients manufactured in the leaves must be transported to the roots. Plants have developed a number of ways to achieve this transport, such as¬†vascular tissue, and the functioning of the various modes of transport is studied by plant physiologists.