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LIFE 103 Erik Arthun Class Notes - Week 3 (2/1-2/5)

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LIFE 103 Erik Arthun Class Notes - Week 3 (2/1-2/5) LIFE 103

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These notes cover Fungi and the introduction to land plants.
Macrobiology; Plants and Animals
Erik Arthun, Tanya Dewey
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Date Created: 02/05/16
2/1 Ch 31 Fungi Heterotrophys Fungi are more closely related to animals than plants  Saprophytic o Digestive enzymes excreted from the surface o No stomach, they grow into their own food (they eat from the parts that are exposed to the thing they are eating) o Decomposors  Symbiotic  Mycorrhizae (first to come up on land), lichens  Paracitic  Body structure o Single cell is yeast o Many - or most, at least - are multi-cellular  Allows for more ability ot absorb nutrients o Hyphae make up mycelia  Hyphae -> tiny filaments with a very high surface area o Fungal walls made of chitin (thus strong but flexible)  Spores o Haploid cells  Different types of life cycles can still produce spores  Can have a very unusual sexual cycle  Diploid reproductive structures can be used to create more haploid repro structures  Life cycle o Plasmogamy - union of cytoplasm from two parent mycelia  Two nuclei inside of the cell  Not that the nuclei fuse right away - for a long time in its life cycle, it will actually have two nuclei for a while  Defined as a Heterokaryon  Nuclear fusion -> the combination of the two -> can occur over hours, days, or centuries  Then the organism exists as a diploid cell  Then it goes through meiosis and produces haploid spores  Karyogamy and meisosi (very similar to sperm and egg and their processes) results in a lot of genetic variation  Often will go through asexual reproduction, but is capable of going into sexual reproduction  Haploid for asexual repro - diploid for sexual repro  Two different mycelium meet and they fuse (PLASMOGAMY)  KARYOGAMY results in a zygote which entires meiosis  Entered germination in the soil and the cycle continues on  History and different types o First was a water protist o Early plants didn’t have mainstream roots  Common ancestor - Chytrids (has a single flagellum)  Zygomycetes o Most diverse group!  Water, soil, parasites, symbiotes, etc o Molds  Glomeromycetes o Symbiosis with plant roots  More than 80% of plants we know have relationships with these guys  Higher Fungi o Ascomycetes  Can be unicellular, can be multicellular  Ex: brewer's yeast, morels, lichens, penicillium (penicilin) o Basidiomycetes  Mushrooms, puffballs, shelf fungi  Breaks down cellulose very well  Decomposers of wood  Cap of mushrooms are actually there to protect the gills on the underside as they produce spores o Lichens  Symbiotic  Actually a product of the relatiopnship between a photosynthetic microorganism and a fungus  The photosynthetic part is usually a green algae or a cyanobacteria  Algae provides carbon compounds - cyanobacteria provides organic nitrogen - fungi provide the environment for growth 2/3 Chapter 29: Seedless Land Plants  Before anything else, Cyanobacteria and protists were the first to appear on the earth's surface o Following that, small plants, fungi, and animals emerged on land  Since colonizing land, plants have wildly diversified  Plants supply oxygen and exist nearly anywhere - including all of the places human's cant survive without assistance  Land plants came from Green Algae (photosynthetic prokaryotes) o Charophytes -> closest living relatives to land plants  Some of its elements are retained in the land plants we see today - other elements have evolved beyond the Charophyte norm  Embryophytes  Plants that actually have embryos  Adaptions to get to land o A lot of different characteristics are indeed shared between charophytes and land plants  They lived close to the edge of ponds and lakes  Lived in shallow waters  Subject, as such, to occasional drying out  Sporopollenin  Prevents exposed zygotes (fertilized eggs) from drying out  Uber important  Also found in the spore walls of plants  So, yes, this is a great line of evidence as to the relationship between charophytes and land plants  Coming on to land allowed a lot of different niches  Sunlight is no longer filtered -> now the sunlight is readily available  Lots more CO2 available, as well as nutrient rich soil  Challenges from coming to land  Lack of water and structural support  How do you retain the water? How do you keep your stalk up? o Five key traits for survival on land:  Alternation of generations  Unique to plants - animals don’t have it  It is the alternation between two different generations based on multicellular stages  Gametophyte is a haploid stage and produces haploid gametes by mitosis  Like gametes (same name root) -> 1n or just n, as opposed to 2n  Requires another gamete from a different plant  Fertilization leads to the next stage  Fusion of the gametes give rise to the diploid sporophyte, which produces haploid spores through meiosis  From a zygote  Undergoes meiosis, which produces spores, which develops into a gametophyte  As such, the spore released leads to the next stage  Multicellular, dependent embryos  Diploid embryo is retained within the tissue of the female gametophyte  Prevents drying out  Nutrients are transferred from parent to embryo through placental transfer cells  Provides things like sugars and amino acids for the embryo  As such, land plants are called embryopphytes because of the dependency of the embryo on the parent  Walled spores produced in sporangia  All produce spores through organs called "Sporangia"  Diploid cells called sporocytes undergo meiosis to generate haploid spores  The spore walls contain sporopollenin  That makes them resistant to harsh environments  Multicellular gametangia  Reproductive structures (produces gametes)  Multicellular organs Female Called Produces eggs (is also the site of archegonia fertilization Male Called Produces and releases sperm (typically antheridia have flagella)  Generally requires water as a method of transport 1 Apical meristems  Linear growth from root and shoot tips  "apex" = top  Continued growth through these points  Cells here will differentiate into various tissues  Top side gets light and CO2  Bottom side gets water, minerals, and nutrients  Elongation allows for absorbing more resources  Land plants o Grouped based on the presence (or lack there of) of vascular tissue  Simplest relatives to charophytes  These are nonvascular plants (bryophytes)  EX: Liverworts, moss, hornworts  Small, herbacious plants  Non-woody  For all of them, gametophytes are larger and longer-living than the sporophyte stage  Sporophytes are typically present only every now and then  Is dependent on the gametophyte  Bryophytes form a carpet ("ground-hugging" surface)  Weak tissues, so it couldn't get tall  Increased surface area to maximize photosynthesis  Again, had no vascular tubes to transport water and nutrients o Life cycle is dominated by gametophyte stages (this is a general truth for all nonvascular plants) Key terms for life cycles  Gametophyte o Is HAPOID o Produces haploid gametes  Through mitosis  Gametes fuse to form a diploid zygote  Sporophyte o Is DIPLOID o Produces haploid spores through meiosis  Haploid spores are released into the environment  Which developes into the gametophyte (again, haploid) Additional traits of land plants  Cuticle -> Waxy covering of the epidermic  Stomata -> specialized cells on the under side of a leaf - exchanges air  Mycorrhizae -> symbiotic associations between fungi and land plants that may have helped plants without true roots to obtain nutrients o Literally translates to "fungus" "root" Gametophyte = "gamete producing plant" 2/5 Bryophytes  Nonvascular plants o Three groups  Liverworts, hornworts, mosses Liverworts Hornworts Mosses Female gametophyte looks Sporophyte is a Sporophyte is 100% like a suessical tree (deemed prong of a sort dependent on the "liver shaped") gametophyte (bed or carpet of moss is gametophyte)  Heterosporus organism -> creates two different types of spores (male or female) - a moss is a heterosporus organism  Ferms are homosporus organism - each spore  Mosses o Ecological importance  Peat  Extensive deposits of partically decayed organic material  Can be used as a source of fuel  CO2 stored in peat - 30% of earth's carbon here!  Continued poor care of the planet can cause the CO2 stored here to be released, to accellerate the process  Ferns and other seedless vascular plants o Prominent type of vegitation for a long time o Vascular tissue allowed plants to grow tall o These guys - seedless and all - have flagellated sperm that are restricted to moist environments  Living vascular plants characterized by: 1. Life cycle with dominant sporophyte stage  In mosses, the gametophyte is the dominant generation  Otherwise, the gametophytes are tiny plants that grow on or below the soil surface 2. Vascular tissues called xylem and phloem  Xylem - water  (and minerals)  Strengthened by LIGNIN - a molecule present that is very rigid and strong  Contributes to height  Allows more strength to cell walls of plants  Phloem - food  Sugars, amino acids, and other organic products  Tubes  Both: allows for increased height 3. Well-developed roots and leaves  Better anchoring, allowing higher growth Evolution of Roots  Anchors the plants  Allows for more absorption of water and nutrients  Came from subterranean steams  Rhizoids DO NOT have vascular tissue (mosses)  2 Phyla of seedless vascular plants Lycophytes Monilophytes  Club and spike "mosses"  Ferns  Not true mosses, but  Horsetails look like it  Used to be  Quillworts used to clean pots and pants  Top part (that they used) called Strobilus) o Made of leaves  Whisk ferns These are things that can be found on modified leaves the Ridge  The "missing link" between the bryophytes and the vascular plants  Has leaves Sporophylls and Spore Variations  Sporophylls are modified leaves with sporangia o Sporangia -> capsule containing haploid spores  Sori are clusters of sporangia on the understides of sporophylls  (grows into a gametophyte)  Most are homosporus (produces one type of spore) that develops into bisexual gametophytes o Heterosporus, however:  Megaspores -> female gametophytes  Microspores -> male gametophytes  Think about it: female eggs are generally larger, right? Micro=sperm  All seed plants - and some seedless vascular plants - are heterosporus


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