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BSC 1005(Biology) for non majors. Chapter 1 Plants and People

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BSC 1005(Biology) for non majors. Chapter 1 Plants and People BSC 1005 - 0001

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I uploaded chapter 3-6 today all nice and typed with diagrams! If you know this then you will get an A on the test :)
General Biology for non-majors
George Bates, Gregory Erickson, Hengli Tang, Steven Lenhert, Carolyn Schultz
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conifers, conebearing, shoot, root, endosperm, embryo, pollen, algae, phytoplankton, moss, cydcads
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Date Created: 09/16/16
Biology Chapter 3 How plants are put together  The part above the ground is called the shoot, which consists of the stem, branches, and leaves. Each leaf is attached to the stem by a stalk called the petiole  At the tip of the shoot is a patch of tissues called the shoot tip  The shoot tip is where new cells are formed (by cell division) and where most of plant growth takes place  At the base of each leaf, where the petiole connects with the stem is a lateral bud  The lateral buds are dormant shoot tips and when activated to grow will form a branch, which is a new shoot system  The below ground portion of the plant is the root  Growth in length of both the shoot and the root is restricted to their tips  Plants grow by producing new cells at the tips of the shoot and root  Diagram below illustrates what I am talking about  The xylem and phloem occur in the stem and root as a ring of bundles or rods of tissue  Growth at the shoot and root tips makes the shoots and roots longer but does not make them wider  Plants that live less than a year don’t grow in width but plants that live more than a year do grow in width because growth in width is due to cell divisions in the body of the stem and root  When a plant flowers, the shoot tips stop making leaves and make flowers instead. In most plants, flowers are hermaphroditic( they both contain male and female organs)  From outside to inside it goes from petals  stamens  anther supported by a stalk (filament)  pollen grains form in the anthers  at the center of the flower is the female part, the pistil ( has ovaries)  inside ovry is ovules  egg inside ovule  In plant production, pollen is carried fro the anther  stigma of the pistil. The pollen grains germinates to form a tube (the polen tube) which grows down the stigma and stle into the ovary and then into the ovule. The sperm them travels down the pollen tube into the ovule fertilizing the egg  Reproduction consist of pollination and fertilization. Pollination is the transfer of pollen to stigma and fertilization is fusion of the sperm and egg together  Fertilization  seed (contains plant embryo)  fruit  The embryo is surrounded by a patch of tissue called the endosperm (storage tissue that is used for growth of the young seedling  The cells that surround the endosperm develop into the seed coat, which protects the embryo until it germinates  In some plant species the endosperm is digested during seed development and all the nutrients from it are stored in the cotyledons. In those cases when the seed is fully developed, the endosperm is gone and the cotyledons take up most of the volume of the seed and are filled with nutrients. This is the case for pea plants Chapter 4 Pollination and seed dispersal  Self-pollination leads to genetic uniformity  Some plants use wind for pollination because all organisms strive to form offspring with new combinations of genes. Ex: corn plants and oak trees. Grass, wheat, rice  The plants that use wind pollination have a large stigma for insects to land on, lots of pollen, and no petals  male flowers that contain anthers and release the pollen are located at the top of the plant; we call them the tassel  Post plants are not wind pollinated; they are pollinated by animals  . Insects such as bees, butterflies (they have flowers that have a long nectar tube), flies, moths, wasps, bees, and ants are involved but hummingbird (they like red and odorless because they have a bad sense of smell) and bats are important pollinators too.  Animal pollinated flowers provide an attractant- something to help the animal find the flower- and a reward.  The attractants are usually colored petals, the shape, and the scent released by the flower. The usual rewards are pollen and nectar that is produced at the base of the petals  Generalist: animals who visit lots of flowers  Specialist: animals that visit only one kind of flower  The pollination of some plants involve trickery; the plants lure them into pollination with no reward. For ex: fly’s fruits may be fleshy or dry  Fleshy is apple  Dry is acorn  Fleshy fruits are adapted to be eaten by animals, seeds and all. This goes through digestive system and deposited with their feces which are a rich source of nutrients, when the seed germinates  Mechanism which dry fruits disperse their seeds are more varied. Some cling to fur of animal, some shoot their seeds out (mistletoe- lives on trees). Florida beaches are examples of clinging fruits (sand spikes)  Some fruits are dispersed by water (for example coconuts), wind, animals for dry fruits  35% of crop production depends on insect pollination  pseudopulation: wasp pollination think that the flowers are the opposite gender and try to mate with the flower but the wasp is fooled and actually gets no reward. By trying to reproduce with the flower, pollen gets on the wasps back and the wasp transfer it to the next flower  cross pollination creates genetic variability, which is important for specie to adapt to environmental change  an ovule  seed  ovary wall  fruit  the function of the fruit is seed dispersion Chapter 5: The Algae and Evolution of Land Plants  the first organism capable of photosynthesis were bacteria  phytoplankton- photosynthetic plankton (algae)  plankton can be photosynthesized, microorganisms that live where it is suspended in water  in the ocean the two main groups of phytoplankton are diatoms and dinoflagellates  both groups consist of unicellular organisms and are very tiny but are important because they are the base of the food chain in the open ocean. They photosynthesize and provide food for all the animals.  Phytoplankton produce 30% of the oxygen we breathe  Diatoms have a unique cell wall that contains large amounts of silica (basically live in a glass box and is surrounded by water). Silica=glass  Dinoflagellates sometimes experience massive population booms called “red tides” (doesn’t have to be red). Some produce deadly neurotoxins and red tide results in massive fish kill. If u eat oysters, which feed on plankton or clams it can be lethal and poisoning  Algae: simple photosynthetic, aquatic organisms. Some our unicellular, some multicellular  Phytoplankton living in association with corals are responsible for the productivity and abundance of life in coral reefs  Diatoms and dinoflagellates are photosynthetic but they are not closely related to animals or green plants because when doing their DNA they are independent  Bryophytes: mosses and liverworks early land plants  The change from living in water to land requires new adaptation  Liverworks- simple sheet of tissue growing on moist soil. No roots or leaves  Mosses: important colonizing organisms. They have no xylem or phloem which means no roots or leaves Many can grow in places that are periodically dry, including bare rock surface. They need liquid water to grow but don’t need to be completely in it. They reproduce by making sores and gametes internal fertilization, egg is not released. Arnt big because they can’t transport water very far  Sphagnum, peat mosses, occurs in large bogs, economically important  Vascular plants without seeds club mosses, ferns and relatives  Fossilized remains of these plants along with ferns formed todays coal deposits  Oil comes from mostly algae  Coal, gas, oil are fossils  Ferns make spores, which grow into small patches of tissue that produce eggs and sperm  Brown algae (found in the ocean) called macrocytic attaches to the bottom and sends up stalks and leafy blades of photosynthetic tissue more than 100 feet of the surface. These kelp forests support abundant animal life including many species of fish, abalone, crabs, seals, killer whales  Five kingdoms: bacteria, animals. Fungi, Protista (algae), green plants (cellular structure is different from each other  Red and brown algae use is for extraction of cell wall compounds for use in the manufacture of everything from cosmetics, paint, beer, ice cream  Example of red algae is nori which is used in sushi wrappers  Red and brown algae: seaweeds, kelp, multicellular  Green algae mostly live in fresh water instead of ocean water (some is still found in ocean water) they’re important food source for fish  Moss is only found in wet habitats. They are like dry plants when it comes to reproduction because they don’t release their eggs it is still attached to the plant (same as ferns)  Ferns have xylem, phloem, roots, and leaves  Ferns have two separate reproductive cycles: spore forming generation alternates with a gamete forming generation. This method of reproduction is called alteration of generations and is shared by all land plants from mosses to flowering plants. Mosses and ferns aren’t completely adapted to dry land because their sperm must swim through liquid water to reach the egg Chapter 6: cone bearing plants  Cone bearing plants: o Don’t need water, completely dry o early plants with pollen and seeds are called gymnosperms (naked seed and has ovule not ovaries) but we call them cone bearing plants. All land plants reproduce by alternation of generations, but unlike ferns, they do not release their spore (they are still attached). All cone bearing plants have separate male and female cones, the spore forms inside this jacket to form a patch of nutritive tissue and an egg o The cone bearing plants are the conifers (pines, spruce, firs, redwoods, ect) plus two other less familiar groups of plants, the cycads and gingkoes o Cone bearing plants are pollinated by wind, which is less efficient than pollination by insects. Wind dispersal limits the nutrients that can be packed into the seed to help the young plant get established o The cone bearing plants are highly adapted to life on dry land, but flowering plants are even better adapted  Conifers (pines, spruce, firs, redwoods, ect) o are a more dominant land plant. o Cypresss is a common in local plants o Ovule seed o Land plants evolved from green algae o Green algae  land plants  mosses  fernsseed plants  flowering and cone bearing o Functions of the seed include: protection of embryo, nutrition of embryo, dispersal o Function of pollen: deliever sperm to egg o Paper is purified cellulose. Paper production used lots of water and its environmentally messy o Junipers: cone bearing plants o Real forest is dominant by conifers, spines, spruces, and firs o These plants grow well in cold and dry environments. Pines are one of the leading sources of timber in the world o Cycads: superficially resemble palm tree but are gymnosperm and form cones. o The wood is a major economic importance and the wood of the conifer provide us with the lumber used for construction of our houses and the production of paper and paper products. The conifers are softwood species and are very abundant


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