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Life 103, week 4 notes

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These notes cover mosses, worts, ferns, horsetails, and part of gymnosperms.
Biology of organisms-animals and plants
Dr. Dale Lockwood and Dr. Tanya Dewey
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Date Created: 02/12/16
Life 103 Notes *adapted from the lecture slides of Dr. Dale Lockwood* Land Plants: Mosses and Worts • Storming the beaches -In charophytes, a layer of a durable polymer called sporopollenin prevents exposed zygotes from dying out -The movement onto land by charophytes ancestors provided unfiltered sun, more plentiful CO2, nutrient-rich soil, and few herbivores or pathogens -Land presented challenges: a scarcity of water and lack of structural support • Four key traits appear in nearly all land plants but are absent in the charophytes -Alternation of generations (with multicellular, dependent embryos) -Walled spores produced in sporangia -Multicellular gametangia -Apical meristems ~Linear growth from root and shoot tips • Other traits that many land plants have include -Cuticle ~Provides protection and controls moisture loss -Secondary compounds ~Defense against herbivory and UV protection • Nonvascular plants -Bryophytes -Liverworts, phylum Hepatophytes -Hornworts, phylum Authocerophytes -Mosses, phylum Bryophytes • Vascular Plants -Seeded -Non seeded • Important points about Alternation of Generations (see textbook figure 29.3) -The gametophyte is haploid and produces haploid gametes by mitosis -Fusion of the gametes gives rise to the diploid sporophyte, which produces haploid spores by meiosis -The diploid embryo is pertained within the tissue of the female gametophyte -Nutrients are transferred from parent to embryo through placental transfer cells -Land plants are called embryophytes because of the dependency of the embryo on the parent • Multicellular Gametangia -Gametes are produced within organs called gametangia -Female gametangia, called archegonia, produce eggs and are the site of fertilization -Male gametangia, called antheridia, are the site of sperm production and release • Bryophyte sporophytes grow out of archegonia and are the smallest and simplest sporophytes of all extant plant groups • A sporophyte consists of a foot, a seta (stalk), and a sporangium, also called a capsule, which discharges spores through a peristome • Hornwort and moss sporophytes have stomata for gas exchange • Stomata are openings in the surface of the plant controlled by two cells -Control CO 2ain and H O2loss -All plants but liverworts have them • Hornworts -Likely as old as liverworts and mosses -About 100 known species • Ecology of mosses (see textbook figure 29.6 for life cycle) -Sphagnum, or “peat moss,” forms extensive deposits of partially decayed organic material known as peat -Sphagnum is an important global reservoir of organic carbon -Peat bogs make up an estimated 70 years of industrial carbon ~Peat bogs are releasing carbon at an increasing rate -Peat is rich in carbon -Beginning source of coal deposits -More than 20% of homes in Ireland use peat bricks to heat the house -Peat is composed of many plants, but sphagnum moss is common in peat bogs • Tollund Man -People cutting peat in Denmark in 1950 thought they had discovered a recent murder victim - C dating showed that the man died in about 400 BCE -The acidity and anaerobic environment of the bog preserved the corpse ~Bones are dissolved but flesh remains -Evidence s that he was hung ~Evidence at burial indicates possibly a ritual sacrifice Ferns and Horsetails • Comparing the taxa -Bryophytes ~Height limited by lack of vascular tissues ~Flagellated sperm usually in moist environments ~Gametophytes are the dominant generation -Seedless Land Plants ~Vascular tissues allow for larger, taller plants ~Flagellated sperm and are usually restricted to moist environments ~Sporophytes are the dominant generation • Fern gametophytes -Hermaphroditic -A few millimeters in size • What it means to be vascular -Vascular tissue facilitates the transport of fluids (and hence nutrients) through the plant -Xylem conducts most of the water and minerals and includes dead cells called tracheids -Phloem consists of living cells and distributes sugars, amino acids, and other organic products -Water conducting cells are strengthened by lignin and provide structural support • Plant Parts -Roots are organs that anchor vascular plants ~They enable vascular plants to absorb water and nutrients from the soil -Leaves are organs that increase surface area of vascular plants, thereby capturing more solar energy that is used for photosynthesis ~Microphylls are leaves with a single vein ~Megaphylls are leaves with a highly branched vascular system *See textbook figure 29.12 • Roots -Not all underground structures are roots -True Roots ~Tap roots are large vertically growing roots Ex.) Carrots, radish, parsnips ~Tuberous roots are modified lateral roots for storage Ex.) Sweet potatoes, yams -Modified stems ~Corm ~Rhizomes ~Tuber -Bulbs • Sporophylls and Spore Variations -Sporophylls are modified leaves with sporangia -Sori are clusters of sporangia on the undersides of sporophylls -Strobili are cone-like structures formed from groups of sporophylls • Spores -Most seedless vascular plants are homosporous, producing one type of spore that develops into a bisexual (hermaphroditic) gametophyte -All seed plants and some seedless vascular plants are heterosporous -Heterosporous species produce megaspores that give rise to female gametophytes, and microspores that give rise to male gametophytes • Seedless Vascular Plants -Phylum lycophyta includes club mosses, spike mosses, and quill worts -Phylum Monilophyta includes ferns, horsetails, and whisk ferns and their relatives ~The previous name for the clade was Pterophyta • Ferns (see textbook figure 29.11 for life cycle) -Second largest plant phylum after the angiosperms -12,000 species -Relatively little economic impact ~Invasive species ~Limited food source ~Horticulture ~Toxic waste removal • Horsetails -Found on all continents except Asia and Australia -30 species in one genus today -Very diverse in the carboniferous forest ~30 meter high trees -Very limited economic importance Gymnosperms • Gymnosperm -Means “naked seed” • Seeds -A seed consists of an embryo and nutrients surrounded by a protective coat -Seeds changed the course of plant evolution, enabling their bearers to become the dominant producers in most terrestrial ecosystems ~In other words, land plants no longer had to live close to the water in order to reproduce -Foundational for modern ecosystems -One important key to civilization • Seed Plants -In addition to having seeds, the following are common to all seed plants ~Reduced gametophytes ~Heterospory (see heterospory section below) ~Ovules (female gametophyte) ~Pollen (male gametophyte) -The gametophytes of seed plants develop within the walls of spores that are retained within tissues of the parent sporophyte • Heterospory -The ancestors of seed plants were likely homosporous (homo=same), while seed plants are heterosporous (hetero=different) -Megasporangia produce megaspores that give rise to female gametophytes -Microsporangia produce microspores that give rise to male gametophytes • Ovules and Production of Eggs -An ovule consists of a megasporangium, megaspore, and one or more protective integuments (outside coating that is made up of sporophyte tissue) -Gymnosperm megaspores have one integument -Angiosperm megaspores usually have two integuments • Gymnosperm Female Anatomy -Megasporangium: diploid tissue where haploid microspores are formed (meiosis) -Megaspore: haploid cell that grows into the female gametophyte, including the egg nucleus • Gymnosperm Male Anatomy -Microsporangium: diploid tissue where haploid microspores are formed (meiosis) -Microspores: develop into male gametophyte -Pollen: contains the male gametophyte within the tough pollen wall ~Pollen grains have few cells, so they need protection from the environment by the pollen wall • Gymnosperm Fertilization (see textbook figure 30.3a) -The pollen is released into the air and it spreads for miles -The pollen grain reaches ovule and germinates -The pollen tube grows from the pollen grains and begins digesting through the Megasporangium -After digging its way through the megasporangium, the pollen tube reaches the egg nucleus, discharges sperm nucleus into the egg nucleus of female gametophyte • Pollen and Production of Sperm (see textbook figure 30.3b) -Microspores develop into pollen grains, which contain the male gametophytes -Pollination is the transfer of pollen to the part of a seed plant containing the ovules -Pollen eliminates the need for a film of water and can be dispersed great distances by air or animals -If a pollen grain germinates, it gives rise to a pollen tube that discharges two sperm into the female gametophyte within the ovule • The Evolutionary Advantage of Seeds (30.3c) -A seed develops from the whole ovule -A seed is a sporophyte embryo, along with its food supply, packaged in a protective coat -Seeds provide some evolutionary advantages over spores ~They may remain dormant for days to years, until conditions are favorable for germination ~They may be transported long distances by wind or animals • The gymnosperms have “naked” seeds not enclosed by ovaries (fleshy fruit) and consist of four phyla: -Cycadophyta (cycads) -Gingkophyta (one living species: Ginkgo biloba) -Gnetophyta (three genera: Gnetum, Ephedra, Welwischia) -Coniferophyta (conifers, such as pine, fir, and redwood) • Phylum Cycadophyta -Individuals have large cones and palmlike leaves -These thrived during the Mesozoic, but relatively few species exist today -About 300 species alive today -Rare plant collectors are willing to steal these plants • Phylum Ginkgophyta -This phylum consists of a single living species, Ginkgo biloba -It has a high tolerance to air pollution and is a popular ornamental tree -Leaves remain little changed for 270 million years -Ginko biloba- Miracle cure? ~Used as culinary ingredient ~Many medicinal claims ~Recent large study -No benefit for memory ~In Alzheimer’s ~In Dementia


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