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Plants. Plant Evolution and Classification. Preventing Water Loss Reproducing by Spores and Seeds Transporting materials throughout the plant. Classifying Plants. 2 groups based on the presence of vascular tissue Nonvascular Plants Vascular Plants Seedless-fern like

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plant evolution and classification
Plant Evolution and Classification
  • Preventing Water Loss
  • Reproducing by Spores and Seeds
  • Transporting materials throughout the plant.
classifying plants
Classifying Plants
  • 2 groups based on the presence of vascular tissue
    • Nonvascular Plants
    • Vascular Plants
      • Seedless-fern like
      • Seeded- Maples, and Pine
  • Nonvascular Plants
    • Phylum Bryophyta
    • Phyla Haptophyta and Anthocerophyta
seedless vascular plants
Seedless Vascular Plants
  • Phylum Psilotophyta
  • Phylum Lycophyta
  • Phylum Sphenophyta
  • Phylum Pterophyta
vascular seed plants
Vascular Seed Plants
  • Gymnosperms
    • Phylum Cycadophyta
    • Phylum Ginkgophyta
    • Phylum Gnetophyta
    • Phylum Coniferophyta
  • Angiosperms
    • Phylum Anthophyta
classes of angiosperms

On cotyledon

Parallele Venation


Flower parts in 3’s



2 cotyledons

Net venation

Radially arranged vascular bundles

Flower parts in 4 and 5


Classes of Angiosperms
plant structure and function
Plant Structure and Function
  • Plant Cells
    • 3 types
      • Parenchyma
      • Collenchyma
      • Sclerenchyma
  • Loosely packed cube-shaped or elongated cells that contain large central vacuole.
  • Metabolic functions, photosynthesis and storage of water and nutrients.
  • Example~ Fleshy part of an apple
collenchyma cells
Collenchyma Cells
  • Thicker cell walls, irregular shape
  • Usually grouped in strands and are specialized for supporting regions that are still growing.
  • Celery
sclerenchyma cells
Sclerenchyma Cells
  • Thick rigid cell walls.
  • Support and strengthen the plant in areas where growth is no longer occurring.
  • Gritty texture of a pear fruit.
tissue systems
Tissue Systems
  • Dermal Tissue
  • Ground Tissue
  • Vascular Tissue
dermal tissue
Dermal Tissue
  • Forms the outer coverings in plants
  • Consists of the epidermis, the outer layer made of parenchyma cells.
    • Roots~ absorption, protection
    • Stems~ gas exchange, protection
    • Leaves, gas exchange, protections.
ground tissue
Ground Tissue
  • All 3 cell types
  • Storage, metabolism and support.
vascular tissue
Vascular Tissue
  • Functions in transport and support
  • Xylem-dead
  • Phloem-living
  • 2 major components for xylem
    • Tracheid
    • Vessel Element
  • Long thick walled sclerenchyma cell with tapering ends.
  • Water moves from on tracheid to another through piths
vessel element
Vessel Element
  • A sclerenchyma cell that has either large holes in the top and bottom or no end wall at all.
  • Stacked to form long tubes called vessels.
sieve tube member
Sieve Tube Member
  • Conducting parenchyma cells of angiosperm phloem.
  • Compounds move from one to another through sieve plats.
  • Each cell has a companion cells, specialized parenchyma cell.
growth in meristems primary growth
Growth in Meristems (Primary Growth)
  • Meristem- regions where cells continuously divide for plant growth.
  • Apical Meristem- located in the tips of stems and roots.
  • Intercalary meristems- growth between the nodes of plants.
root structures1
Root Structures
  • Root Cap
    • Covering of cells that protects the apical meristem.
    • Produces a slimy lubricant.
  • Root Hairs
    • Extensions of the epidermal cells.
    • Increase the surface area.
primary growth in roots
Primary Growth in Roots
  • Roots increase in length
    • cell division
    • elongation
    • maturation in the root tip
  • Dermal tissue matures to form the epidermis
  • Ground tissue matures into 2 regions
    • Cortex and Endodermis
  • Located just inside the endodermis.
  • Largest region of the primary root.
  • Parenchyma cells
  • Inner cylinder of the cortex.
  • Vascular tissue in roots matures to form the innermost cylinder
  • Dicots and gymnosperms~ xylem makes of the central core of the root.
primary growth in stems
Primary Growth in Stems
  • Apical meristems give rise to the dermal, ground and vascular tissue.
    • Dermal- epidermis
    • Ground- cortex and pith
      • Cortex- just inside the epidermis
      • Pith- located in the center of the stem.
    • Vascular- xylem and phloem
secondary growth
Secondary Growth
  • Conifers and Woody dicots
  • Increases in girth or lateral dimension
  • Occurs at lateral meristems
    • Vascular cambium
      • Gives rise to secondary xylem and phloem
    • Cork cambium
      • Gives rise to bark
vascular cambium
Vascular Cambium
  • Cells on the outside differentiate into phloem
  • Cells on the inside differentiate into xylem
    • Only new xylem transports water.
    • Older xylem located at the center is only for support.
monocot leaf
Monocot Leaf

Upper Epidermis


Lower Epidermis



dicot leaf
Dicot Leaf

Upper Epidermis







Lower Epidermis

Guard Cells with Somata

leaf structures
Leaf Structures
  • Epidermis
  • Palisade Mesophyll
  • Spongy Mesophyll
  • Guard Cells
  • Vascular Bundles
  • A protective covering of one or more layers of cells.
  • Covered by the cuticle
    • Cutin
    • Transpiration
palisade mesophyll
Palisade Mesophyll
  • Parenchyma cells
  • Numerous chloroplasts
spongy mesophyll
Spongy Mesophyll
  • Parenchyma cells
  • Loosely arranged
    • Air spaces allow for gas exchange
guard cells
Guard Cells
  • Specialized epidermal cells that control the opening and closing of stomata.
  • Controls gas exchanges with the environment.
vascular bundles
Vascular Bundles
  • Consists of xylem and phloem tissues
    • Contains bundle sheath cells that prevent gas from entering the vascular bundle.
transport of water
Transport of Water
  • Water and dissolved minerals enter the roots through root hairs by osmosis.
    • 2 Possible Pathways
      • Apoplast
      • Symplast
  • Water moves through cell walls from one cell to another without every entering the cells.
  • Water moves from one cell to another through the symplast.
  • Water moves from the cytoplasm of one cell to the cytoplasm of the next through plasmodesmata.
    • Small tubes that connect the cytoplasm of adjacent cells.
when water reaches the endodermis
When water reaches the endodermis…
  • Water can continue into the vascular cylinder only through the symplast pathway.
  • Water that is moving via the apoplast pathway is blocked by the suberin that permeates the casparian strip.
  • Water can enter through the endodermal cells along with K+, but Na+ is blocked.
  • Water then reaches the vasuclar cylinder where xylem tissue (tracheids and vessels) conduct the water up the plant.
water movement up the plant
Water Movement Up the Plant
  • 3 Mechanisms
    • Osmosis
    • Capillary Action
    • Cohesion-tension theory
cohesion tension theory
Cohesion-tension Theory
  • 3 Major Concepts
    • Transpiration
    • Cohesion
    • Bulk Flow
  • The evaporation of water from plants.
  • Water evaporates through the leaves creating negative pressure to develop in the column.
  • The molecular attraction between like substances.
  • The water molecules “stick” together creating a single column of water molecules.
bulk flow
Bulk Flow
  • When a water molecule is lost from a leaf by transpiration it pulls up behind it an entire column of water molecules.
transport of sugars
Transport of Sugars
  • 4 Step process
    • Sugars enter the sieve-tube members via active transport.
    • Water enters the sieve-tube members.
    • Pressure in sieve-tube members at the source moves water and sugars to sieve-tube members at the sink through sieve tubes. As a result pressure builds causing the water and sugars to move.
    • Pressure is reduced in sieve-tube members at
plant movements
Plant Movements
  • Tropisms
    • A plant movement that is determined by the direction of an environmental stimulus.
      • Positive
      • Negative
  • Nastic Movements
    • Plant movements that occur in response to environmental stimuli but are independent of the direction of the stimuli.
  • Phototropism
  • Thigmostropism
  • Gravitropism
  • Stimulus
    • Light
  • Hormone
    • Auxin
  • Function
    • Light causes the production of auxin to move to the shaded side.
    • As a result the cells on the shaded side are elongated faster then the lighted side.
    • The plant bends towards the light.
  • Stimulus
    • Contact with an object
  • Function
    • Allows for vines to “climb” walls.
    • Tendrils will coil around objects.
  • Stimulus
    • Gravity
  • Hormone
    • Auxins, Gibberellins
  • Function
    • Allows for roots to grow down.
    • Allows for shoots (stems) to grow up at the apical meristem.
  • Is the response of plants to changes in the photoperiod, or the relative length of daylight and night.
  • Plants maintain a circadian rhythm
  • External clues such as dawn and dusk reset the clock.
  • The protein involved used in maintaining the circadian rhythm.
    • 2 Forms depending on the wavelength of light that the phytochrome absorbs.
      • Pr: Phytochrome red (wavelength of 660nm)
        • Accumulates at night
      • Pfr: Phytochrome far-red (730nm)
        • Resets the circadian-rhythm clock
  • Reversible relationship between Pr and Pfr
    • When Pr is exposed to red light it is converted to Pfr
    • When Pfr is exposed to far-red light it is converted to Pr
critical night length
Critical Night Length
  • CNL is responsible for resetting the circadian-rhythm clock.
  • Brief dark periods during the day have no effect on the clock.
  • Flashes of red light at night cause the clock to be reset.
flowering in plants
Flowering in Plants
  • Regulated by the photoperiod.
    • 3 types of plants
      • Long-day
        • Plants flower in the spring and early summer when day light is increasing.
      • Short-day
        • Plants flower in late summer and early fall when daylight is decreasing.
        • Flower when daylight is less than a critical length.
      • Day-neutral
        • Do not flower in response to daylight changes.