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Plant Reproduction


• Is a seed alive? Is a fruit alive? Answer T

as completely as you can on your own O
paper. (Hang on to your paper until the G
end of class.) E
Asexual Reproduction

• Asexual reproduction is natural “cloning.”

Parts of the plant, such as leaves or
stems, produce roots and become an
independent plant.
• List some benefits and some drawbacks
to asexual reproduction.
Sexual Reproduction

• Sexual reproduction requires fusion of

male cells in the pollen grain with female
cells in the ovule.
• List some advantages and drawbacks to
sexual reproduction.
Terms to know:
• Haploid: having a single set of
chromosomes in each cell.
• Diploid: having two sets of chromosomes
in each cell.
• Mitosis: cell division, which produces two
genetically identical cells.
• Meiosis: reduction division, which
produces four haploid reproductive cells.
Plant Life Cycle
Animals vs. Plants
Plant Reproduction Animal Reproduction

Alternation of No alternation of
Life cycle
generations generations

Gametes Haploid gametes Haploid gametes

Spores Haploid spores No spores

Gametes made Haploid gametophyte, Diploid organism, by

by by mitosis meiosis

Spores made Diploid sporophyte, by

No spores
by meiosis
Alternation of Generations

• Plants have a double life cycle with two

distinct forms:
• Sporophyte: diploid, produce haploid
spores by meiosis.
• Gametophyte: haploid, produce
gametes by mitosis.
Non-flowering plants

• Mosses, ferns, and related plants have

motile, swimming sperm.
• What kind of environmental conditions
would be required for reproduction in
these plants?
• What kinds of limits does external
reproduction impose on these plants?
Moss Life Cycle
Fern Life Cycle

• Conifers (also non-flowering plants) have

reduced gametophytes.
• Male gametophyte is contained in a dry
pollen grain.
• Female gametophyte is a few cells
inside of the structures that become
the seed.
Conifer life cycle
Conifer pollination
• Conifers are wind-pollinated plants.
• Chance allows some pollen to land on
the scales of female cones.
• Pollen germinates, grows a pollen tube
into the egg to allow sperm to fertilize the
• What are some advantages and
disadvantages to wind pollination?
Pollen go-betweens
• Showy flowers are the result of selection
for more efficient pollination strategies.
• Flower parts are modified leaves. Those
that were brightly colored attracted
insects in search of pollen.
• Why would insects search for pollen?
What other rewards do flowers offer?
• What are advantages and disadvantages
to relying on insects as pollinators?
Flower Parts
Incomplete flowers
• Flowers are complete if they have all
parts, and perfect if they have both male
and female parts.
• Grass flowers: incomplete, usually
imperfect (separate male and female
• A tulip is complete (though the sepals
are the same color as the petals) and
Imperfect flowers
Angiosperm Life Cycle
Gametogenesis: Male
Gametogenesis: Female
Double Fertilization
Flower to Fruit
Ovule to Seed
Seed Anatomy
Seed Germination
• Use what you have learned about plant
life cycles to explain why most mosses T
and ferns live in moist environments, but O
flowering plants can live just about G