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Plsc 101 Week Two Notes

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These notes cover the material discussed in class over the second week. This includes the rest of the material for exam 1 and the beginning of the material for exam 2. The notes cover: Crop & Botan...
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Dr. Paul Jackson
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Date Created: 03/25/16
1 Plsc 101 Week Two Notes Exam 1 Material (cont.) Crop & Botanical Classification ­Crop Plant Classification ­Botanical Classification ­taxonomy­ the science of classification of organisms ­botanical ranks “for plants”: ­kingdom, division, class, order (end in “ales”), family (end in “aceae”),  genus, species, variety, cultivar ­binomial nomenclature= genus and species ­ex: maize/corn (common) & Zea mays L (scientific) ­ex: Loblolly pine (common) & Pinus taeda L (scientific) ­Authority­ who named the plant ­ex: L= Linneaus ­variety­ plants of same species but display differences in nature; differences breed true ­Ex: Acer saccharum var. leucoderme  ­Genus species variety variety name ­sugar maple ­more heat tolerant (SE US) ­cultivar­ selected variety propagated for desirable attribute; does not breed true ­if breeding stopped, cultivar would disappear ­some are patented & cost more ­ex: Cornus florida ‘Big Giant’ (Big Giant­ cultivar) ­flowering dogwood with large white flowers ­Cornus florida var. rubra ‘Cherokee Brave’ ­Variety= pink to pinkish red flowers ­cultivar= reddish pink with white center ­angiosperm­ produce seed within fruit via ovary & ovule in a flower (flowering plants) ­gymnosperms­ produce seeds in cones (lack fruit), non­flowering plants 2 ­ex: conifers (pine, fir, spruce, cypress) *Sub­class of Angiosperms ­Monocotyledon (monocot) ­has one cotyledon (seed leaf) from seed ­ex: all grasses, corn, tulips, orchids, lilies, irises ­Dicotyledon (dicot) ­has cotyledons (seed leaves) from seed ­ex: legumes, cotton, tomato, sweet potato, most trees and shrubs ­other differences include: numbers of flower parts, leaf vein patterns, root structures, & response to herbicides (physiology) ­Length of life ­annual­ plant completes life cycle in one growing season ­ex: corn, beans, marigolds ­biennial­ completes life cycle in two growing seasons ­season 1: produces vegetative growth ­season 2: produces flowers and seeds to reproduce ­ex: cabbage, beets, celery, carrots, onions ­perennial­ can grow for many years ­some dieback in winter and re­grow in spring ­from stored food in roots (legumes & grasses) ­some enter a dormant period (trees & shrubs) ­Agronomic Crop Classification ­cereals or grains­ grasses grown for their edible seeds ­75% starch; 12% protein; 2% fat ­ex: wheat, corn, barley, rice, sorghum ­legumes (pulses)­ high protein seed produced in pods ­1/3 dry wt. as protein 3 ­ex: peanut, field bean, field pea, soybean, lima bean ­forage crops­ fresh or preserved vegetative matter used as feed for animals ­ex: grasses and clover used for hay ­root crops­ grown for their enlarged roots ­ex: sugarbeet, carrot, turnip, sweet potato ­fiber crops­ grown for fiber to make paper, cloth, or rope ­ex: cotton, flax, hemp ­sugar crops­ grown for extraction and crystallization of their sweet juice ­ex: sugarbeet and sugarcane (sucrose); corn and grain sorghum (dextrose) ­oil crops­ seeds with useful oils ­ex: flax, soybean, peanut, sunflower, sesame ­tuber crops­ a short, thick underground stem; stores food reserves; not a root ­ex: potato and Jerusalem artichoke ­drug crops­ seeds with useful oils ­ex: tobacco, mint, pyrethrum ­ornamental crops­ plants grown for their esthetic value  ­ex: flowers, shrubs, trees, ground cover, turf grass ­forest tree seedlings­ grown for reforestation of lands and used in landscape ­ex: conifers (pines, cypress); hardwoods (oaks, hickory, maple) ­Special Purpose Classification ­cover crops­ help manage soil fertility, moisture, and erosion; can help control  weeds, pests, and diseases ­ex: sorghum sudangrass in a forest nursery ­maintain soil characteristics; cover up land to protect it for future plants ­silage crops­ preserved succulent by partial fermentation in a tight space; 50­80% moisture ­companion crops­ crops grown with another crop ­small grain seeded with a legume for erosion & weed control ­one crop can provide income if other one fails 4 Seeds ­Seed Content ­seeds store food for germination as: ­fat, oil, or carbohydrates (megagametophyte or endosperm) ­seeds with high fat and oil content = higher in protein ­example: cottonseed for cattle feed ­embryo contains: ­cotyledon­ embryonic or seed leaf; third to emerge ­hypocotyl­ embryonic stem; means “below seed leaf”; second to emerge ­epicotyl­ embryonic shoot; above cotyledons; fourth to emerge ­radicle­ embryonic root; first to emerge from seed ­Seed Germination (germ) ­process of plant emerging from a seed and beginning growth ­external conditions required for germ: ­supply of moisture (imbibing) ­supply of oxygen ­suitable temperature ­certain light conditions ­a deficiency in any factor may prevent germination ­moisture:  ­water is critical for rapid germ ­applied to seed or absorbed from soil ­germ occurs when moisture content of most field crop seeds reach 26­75% ­examples:  5 ­sorghum & millet = 26% moisture content ­small grains = 45­50 % moisture content ­soybean = 75 % moisture content ­oxygen: ­required for respiration during germ ­dry seeds can be impervious to O 2 ­seed must absorb water first, then O 2 ­seeds planted too deep or in saturated soil may not germinate = oxygen deficiency ­temperature: ­germ can occur with wide range of temps ­depends on crop ­examples: ­ryegrass= 41 F or less ­corn minimum temp for germ = 50 F ­light: ­seeds requiring more light planted closer to surface ­if small seeds germ too deep in soil = loss of food supply before cotyledon  reaches surface ­We know what is needed, so how does it work? ­water imbibed to certain % of seed dry weight ­seed coats soften & seeds swell up ­food reserves (fats, oils, carbs, sugars) go in to solution & transported to growing points ­respiration provides energy for all germ processes ­respiration occurs faster in moist seeds vs. dry seed ­energy consumed during germ = ½ the weight of dry seed ­growing (swelling) embryo ruptures seed coat ­radicle is first to emerge (when radicle emerges seed is germinated) 6 ­at this point, seed has absorbed all available water ­now, radicle absorbs water needed for seedling growth ­Seed Quality ­some seeds are empty & have no embryo ­broken or injured seeds can have: ­reduced germination ­higher seedling mortality (more deaths) ­smaller plants ­seeds can mold in certain conditions (too wet, certain temp) ­fungi and bacteria can absorb seed’s nutrients ­seeds are often treated with fungicides ­hyphae­ fungal body; extension ­mycelium­ collection of hyphae damping­off­ seeds do not germinate or young seedlings are killed from pathogen infection ­pathogen absorbs seed material = no germ ­if germ, then hypocotyl constricts and seedling buckles ­seedling death ­Seed Dormancy when mature, healthy, and imbibed seed fail to germ when in favorable conditions for germ ­seed stays dormant until conditions are favorable for germ (temp, light, water, etc.) ­Why? ­to prevent germ while on parent pant ­to protect seed from harsh weather (cold winters) ­to ensure space and light for growth ­the seed wants to be in a situation for successful growth 7 ­mechanisms of seed dormancy & how to break it ­physical mechanism: hard seed coats prevent water & oxygen absorption ­soak in water for period ­pass through animal gut ­fire ­stratification or “moist chilling” (done for conifer seed) ­soaked in water for a few hours then chilled in refrigerator for days ­physiological mechanism: immature embryo is maintained until right temps (for  example) are met ­then embryo ripens prior to germ (known as after­ripening) ­Seed Testing ­seed is expensive = growers want good seed ­laboratory seed testing determines: ­germination % ­ # pure seed ­seed mixed with other seeds ­any weed seeds present *side note: seed efficiency­ # of plantable seedlings from a certain # of pure live seed ­results help with decisions of: ­seed selected ­seeding rates based on germ % ­combating weed problems Exam 2 Material: Botany of Crop Plants ­Nature of Crop Plants ­Life cycle of crop plants ­spermatophyte­ seed plant; most crop plants reproduce by seed ­1.) seed germination ­2.) produces a seedling 8 ­3.) vegetative phase­ increases in number & size of roots, stems, & leaves ­4.) reproductive phase­ plants flower and produce seeds ­Plant Morphology ­Roots ­root functions: ­anchors plant ­absorption of water and nutrients (i.e. nitrogen) ­physical support for aboveground tissue ­food storage organ ­radicle­ embryonic or primary root ­two types of root systems: ­fibrous­ many slender roots similar in diameter and length (monocots) ­ex: cereals, grasses ­taproot­ main root that pushes straight downward with lateral roots  branching throughout its length (dicots) ­ex: legumes, root crops, woody plants ­absorption by roots ­root hairs increase root surface area ­hairs help absorb water and nutrients ­nutrient absorption is independent of water needs ­roots grow in moist soil but not saturated soils ­saturated soils = anaerobic conditions ­absence of oxygen = roots smother and die


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