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Life 103-Week 5 notes

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These notes cover the last part of gymnosperms, all of angiosperms, and the beginning of plant structure.
Biology of organisms-animals and plants
Dr. Dale Lockwood and Dr. Tanya Dewey
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Date Created: 02/19/16
Life 103 Notes *adapted from the lecture notes of Dr. Dale Lockwood* Gymnosperms ctn. (see week 4 notes for the rest of the notes) • Phylum Gnetophyta -This phylum comprises three genera (see week 4 notes for different genera) -Species vary in appearance, and some are tropical whereas others live in deserts • Phylum Coniferophyta (see textbook figure 30.4 for life cycle of a pine) -This phylum is by far the larges of the gymnosperm phyla -Most conifers are evergreens and can carry out photosynthesis year round Angiosperms • Angiosperms (see textbook figure 30.12 for life cycle) -Single phylum ~Note, gymnosperms have multiple phyla, however, angiosperms make up the majority of plants on the earth ~Anthophyta ~The root “Antho” comes from Greek for flower -Seed Plants -Flowers -Fruits • Flowers (see textbook figure 30.8) -Specialized structure for sexual reproduction -Pollination by animals (insects, mammals, birds) and wind ~Pollinator has a large effect on the adaptations of the flower -Color -Shape -Scent ~Gymnosperms are primarily wind pollinated because they don’t have much to attract a pollinator -Huge diversity in flower color and form -Diversity linked to pollination methods • Amorphophallus titanium -Titan arum -Largest unbranched inflorescence ~Grows about 5-6 feet tall -Corpse flower ~Smells like rotting flesh when blooms -Flies serve as the pollinator -Only blooms for a couple days, making it very popular to watch during that time -Only found on Sumatra • Rafflesia schadenbegiana -Largest flower ~1 meter diameter -Bloom lasts 5-6 days -Corpse flower (see reasoning and pollinator in section above) -Indonesia and Malaysia • Wolffia arrhizia -Smallest flower • The Carpel -A carpel consists of an ovary at the base and a style leading up to a stigma, where pollen is received ~Note, the pollen tube that grows from the pollen, contrary to gymnosperms, has to travel a long way, all the way down the style to the ovary -Sometimes carpel is referred to as pistil ~Much confusion regarding these terms ~Pistil can be multiple fused carpels ~If there is one carpel, then it is also a pistil -The female gametophyte, or embryo sac, develops within an ovule contained within an ovary at the base of a stigma • The Stamen -Modified microsporophyll -Male part of flower -Anther ~Microsporangium-pollen sacs • Floral Structure -Complete Flower ~Has all four modified leaves (sepals, petals, carpels, stamens) ~Incomplete is missing one or more -Perfect flowers ~Have both male and female parts ~Imperfect flowers are missing one or both -Note, all perfect flowers aren’t complete flowers but all complete flowers are perfect flowers • Selfing Plants -Perfect flowers can theoretically self pollinate ~Some plants have a very high frequency of selfing -Plants can have mechanisms to prevent selfing; (inbreeding; there may be more reproductive success, but potentially less fitness) ~Gametophytic Self Incompatibility -Proteins prevent tube from growing ~Heterostyly -Stamens and Carpels are of different lengths ~Sporophytic Self Incompatibility • Pollen -Male gametophyte -Pollen structure influenced by dispersal methods -Exterior composed largely of Sporopollenin • The Life of a Pollen -A pollen grain that has landed on a stigma germinates and the pollen tube of the male gametophyte grows down to the ovary -The ovule is entered by a pore called the micropyle -Double fertilization occurs when the pollen tube discharges two sperm into the female gametophyte within an ovule -One sperm fertilizes the egg, while the other combines with two nuclei in the central cell of the female gametophyte and initiates development of food-storing endosperm -The endosperm nourishes the developing embryo • Cotyledons -Within a seed, the embryo consists of a root and one or two seed leaves called cotyledons ~The first leaves that emerge from a seed ~Gymnosperms have 2-24 cotyledons -Hypogeal cotyledons stay below ground and do not photosynthesize ~Often used for storage -Epigeal cotyledons expand on germination and push off seed shell, photosynthesizing above ground -Cotyledons often bear little resemblance to the other leaves on the plant • Fruit -A fruit typically consists of a mature ovary but can also include other flower parts -Fruits protect seed and aid in their dispersal ~Serve to attract animals to eat them and then disperse their seeds through digestion -Mature fruits can be either flashy or dry • Types of Fruits -Simple Fruits ~Ripened single or compound ovary within a single carpel -Dry fruits ~Achene: dandelions, strawberries ~Legume: pea, peanut, bean ~Samara: maple, ash, elm ~Nut: acorn, beech, hazelnut ~Fibrous Drupe: coconut, walnut -Simple fleshy fruits ~Berries: grapes, tomatoes, oranges ~Drupes: stone fruits, olives, mangoes -Aggregate fruits ~Single flower with multiple carpels ~Blackberries, raspberries -Multiple fruits ~Pineapple, breadfruit • Achene -Small, hard, dry fruit -Fruit is on the outside ~Ex.) Strawberry • Legume -Simple, dry fruit -Splits open when mature • Nut -Simple, dried fruit -The outside of the ovary becomes a hard shell -Doesn’t split open when mature (opposite of legume) • Drupe -Contains a fleshy exocarp and mesocarp -Hard endocarp ~Fleshy on outside, hard on inside -Stone fruits, coconuts, mangoes, olives • Berries -Fleshy fruit from a single ovary -Pepo: special berry with hard rind on outside ~Ex.) Watermelon, squash • Multiple fruits -Inflorescence ~Cluster of flowers ~Each flower becomes a fruit ~All fruits merge into one mass • Angiosperm Diversity (see textbook figure 30.16) -The two main groups of angiosperms are monocots (one cotyledon; see notes above) and eudicots (“true” dicots) -The clade eudicot includes some groups formerly assigned to the paraphyletic dicot (two cotyledons) group ~All eudicots share the same ancestor; not all “dicots” do -Basal angiosperms are less derived and include the flowering plants belonging to the oldest lineages -Magnoliids share some traits with basal angiosperms, but are more closely related to monocots and eudicots • Basal Angiosperms -Three small lineages constitute the basal angiosperms -These include Amborella trichopoda, water lilies, and star anise • Magnoliids -Magnoliids include magnolias, laurels, and black pepper plants -Magnoliids are more closely related to monocots and eudicots than basal angiosperms • Monocots -More than one-quarter of angiosperm species are monocots ~60,000 species ~Flower parts come in multiples of 3 -Ex.) 6, 9 ~Often have parallel leaf veins • Palms -Monocot -Evolved at the end of the Cretaceous -2,600 species -Tropical, subtropical, and warm climates -Example ~Talipot Palm ~Leaves up to 5 meters in diameter ~Largest inflorescence of any plant • Grasses -Monocot -Family Poaceae -9-10,000 species -Ex.) Bamboo, wheat, sugar cane, rye, maize • Orchids -Monocots -Not only considered the largest single family of monocots, but the largest single family of angiosperms (Asteraceae is comparable) - Approximately 22,000 species -Bilaterally symmetric -One pollinator • Eudicots -More than two-thirds of angiosperm species are eudicots -Very diverse species • Evolutionary Links Between Angiosperms and Animals -Pollination of flowers and transport of seeds by animals are two important relationships in terrestrial ecosystems -Clades with bilaterally symmetrical flowers have more species than those with radially symmetrical flowers -This is likely because bilateral symmetry affects the movement of pollinators and reduces gene flow in diverging populations • Plants and Humans -No group of plants is more important to human survival than seed plants -Plants are key sources of food, fuel, wood products, and medicine -Our reliance on seed plants makes preservation of plant diversity critical • Products from Seed Plants -Most of our food comes from angiosperms -Six crops (wheat, rice, maize, potatoes, cassava, and sweet potatoes) yield 80% of the calories consumed by humans -Modern crops are products of relatively recent genetic change resulting form artificial selection -Many seed plants provide wood -Secondary compounds of seed plants are used in medicines • Threats to Plant Diversity -Destruction of habitat is causing extinction of many plant species -Loss of plant habitat is often accompanied by loss of the animal species that plants support -At the current rate of habitat loss, 50% of Earth’s species will become extinct within the next 100-200 years Plant Structure • Plant Anatomy (see textbook figure 35.2) -Plants, like animals, are composed of organs made up of tissues, which are composed of cells -Three main organs include roots, leaves, and stems -Roots supply water and minerals to the plant -Leaves supply sugars to the plant -Stems supply support structure and transport systems • Roots -Roots are multicellular organs with important functions ~Anchoring the plant ~Absorbing minerals and water ~Storing organic nutrients -In most plants, absorption of water and minerals occurs near the root hairs (see textbook figure 35.3), where vast numbers of tiny root hairs increase the surface area • Types of Roots -Taproot system ~One main vertical root ~Lateral roots, or branch roots -Adventitious roots ~Can arise from stems or leaves -Fibrous Roots ~Seedless vascular plants and monocots ~Thin lateral roots with no main root • Modified Roots (see textbook figure 35.4) -Prop roots ~Aerial roots ~Add structural support -Strangling roots ~Grow around objects supporting the plant -Strangler Figs ~Epiphytes ~Roots grow down and around tree ~Stem grows up to sunlight -Pneumatophores ~Roots that rise up in the air ~Pores allow gas exchange ~Mangroves -Buttress roots ~Support large trees -Storage root ~Tap root ~Lateral root -Haustorial roots ~Parasitic pants -Examples: mistletoe, dodder, snow plants ~Absorb water and nutrients from other plants -Climbing root ~Adventitious root ~Supports climbing plants ~Negatively phototropic -Grows away from light ~Examples: Ivies • Stems -A stem is an organ consisting of ~An alternating system of nodes, the points at which leaves are attached ~Internodes, the stem segments between nodes -Axillary bud ~Can form a lateral shoot, or branch (in other words, where growth sideways occurs) -Apical bud, or terminal bud ~Located near the shoot tip and causes elongation of a young shoot (in other words, where growth upward occurs) -Apical dominance ~Dormancy in most nonapical buds • Modified Stems (see textbook figure 35.5) -Corm ~Short underground storage stem ~Examples: Taro, gladiolus, saffron -Rhizome ~Horizontal stem ~Usually underground ~Sends out roots, shoots (adventitious roots) ~Examples: Ginger, poison oak, Bermuda grass -Stolon ~Horizontal stem ~At the ground surface or just underground ~Adventitious roots ~Produces clone at the end of the stem ~Examples: Strawberry, many grasses -Bulbs ~Underground stems ~Have modified leaves -Storage when dormant ~Examples: Garlic, onion • Leaves (see textbook figure 35.6) -The main photosynthetic organ of most vascular plants -Generally consist of a flattened blade and a stalk called the petiole, which joins the leaf to a node of the stem • Modified Leaves (see textbook figure 35.7) -Bracts ~Associated with the reproductive structure ~Often brightly colored ~Examples: Bougainvillea, poinsettia -Tendrils ~Used for attaching for climbing ~Can photosynthesize ~Can be thigmotropic -Grows toward touch ~Example: Pea plant -Spines ~Used for defense ~Common in xerophytes ~Thorns and prickles are not the same as spines because they aren’t modified leaves -Thorns ~Modified stems -Prickles ~Modified epidermis ~Example: Roses -Storage Leaves ~Can store water, nutrients, and toxins ~Succulents have these storage leaves -Examples: Cacti, ice plants, agave


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