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Plant Way of Life: Study Guide
(for the most part, ignore this study guide - this material is not directly covered for spring 2008)
The goal of this unit is to provide an introduction to the study of plants and
to develop an understanding of what it means to be a plant.
Upon completion of this unit you should be able to:
a plant from an animal
the significance of autotrophic nutrition in the plant way of life
the probable evolutionary pressures for motility
the consequences of being non-motile.
REQUIRED READING: course notes
SUPPLEMENTAL REFERENCES: Check out some of the references cited in the Plant Way of Life notes. None of these are �required�, but they will provide useful information. The Private Lives of Plants video series by David Attenborough, which is available in the Alcuin Library, is also excellent.
IMPORTANT TERMS/CONCEPTS: (can you use these conversationally?)
FOR THOUGHT AND STUDY:
are plants important?
and contrast autotrophs and heterotrophs.
the consequences of being autotrophic. How have plants responded to life as
summarize the five major consequences of sedentary, autotrophic life. How
have plants responded to each?
is a positioning mechanism? Provide some examples.
do plants exploit their environment? Consider dendritic form, asexual
reproduction, indeterminate growth, heterophylly, foraging and architectural design in your response.
and contrast animals and plants in terms of body design (i.e., architectural
vs. mechanical design).
some of the mechanisms by which plants sense changes in the environment. Why
are these important?
some of the physical and biological threats to plants. How do plants protect
themselves from these dangers?
do plants find a "mate" and disperse offspring?
some of the problems unique to the plant way of life. In general how have
plants responded to each of these problems?
about the statement "Plants are smarter than you think!"
the characteristics of the plant kingdom.
are typically non-motile and heterotrophs are typically motile.
Why did evolution favor this situation?
why leaves are broad and flat.
animals and plants in terms of nutrients (type, concentration, location).
why plants are not limited by size.
a botanical perspective, some corals can be considered heterotrophic plants.
why coral is only found in relatively shallow, clear water.
the specialized structures (and their function) that plants use for
a carnivorous plant autotrophic?
some pollination vectors/mechanisms.
some fruit dispersal systems.
why plants are dendritic, but animals are not.
what way is a tree like a coral colony?
what regard do plants forage for food? Identify some foraging strategies.
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