ESO 2 Science 10

Reproduction in Living Beings

What to Learn

  • The role of reproduction in the living beings.
  • Types of reproduction.
  • Asexual reproduction in animals. Examples.
  • Sexual reproduction in animals. Embryonic development.
  • Asexual reproduction in plants. Examples.
  • Sexual reproduction in plants. The flower.

Key Information

Vocabulary: Flowers and Sexual Reproduction in Plants
Perfect flowersOr hermaphrodite flowers. They have both functional male parts (stamens capable of producing pollen) and functional female parts (pistil capable of producing seeds).
Staminate flowersStaminate (or "male") flowers are ones which have functional stamens, capable of producing pollen, but either have no ovary at all, or an ovary which is not fertile.
Pistillate flowersPistillate (or "female") flowers are ones which have a functional pistil, capable of producing seeds, but either have no stamens at all, or have stamens with anthers that are incapable of producing pollen.
DioeciousSaid of a plant species which has some individuals which bear only staminate flowers, and some which bear only pistillate flowers, and there are no perfect flowers. These are the species that are commonly referred to as having male and female plants. Willows and poplars are dioecius.
MonoeciousSaid of a plant species in which all individuals are hermaphrodites. This can be (a) because all the flowers in each individual are hermaphrodite (as in most cases) or (b) because all individuals bear both staminate and pistillate flowers (as in oaks, with male flowers in catkins, producing pollen, and female flowers on the stems, producing acorns).
PistilThe female reproductive organ of the flower, composed of a stigma, a style, and an ovary. Pistils are made of one carpel or more than one assembled carpels.
StigmaThe top part of the pistil, where pollen grains are received.
OvaryIn angiosperms, the protective structure that holds the ovules and surrounds the seed. After fertilization, it develops into a fruit.
OvuleCase-like structure that contains the female gamete in the flowering plants. After fertilization, it develops into a seed.
Pollen GrainsStructures that contain the male sex gametes in the flowering plants; they are meant to fertilize the ovules; they are produced in the anthers of the stamens.
Pollen TubeThe outgrowth of a pollen grain that creates a path through the pistil in order to penetrate to the ovules.
Cross-pollinationThe process, occurring in most angiosperms, by which the pollen grains of one plant fertilize ovules of another.
Self-pollinationThe process by which the pollen grains of one plant fertilize ovules of the same plant.
Vocabulary: Asexual Reproduction in Plants
Vegetative PropagationA form of asexual reproduction in which plants produce clones of themselves, which then develop into independent plants. The main types are by fragmentation, by bulbs, by tubers, by runners and by grafting.
FragmentationWhen a severed plant part develops into a whole new plant.
BulbRoughly spherical underground bud containing additional buds that can develop asexually into new plants.
TuberFleshy underground storage structure, composed of an enlarged portion of the stem, that has on its surface buds (called "scale leaves") capable of producing new plants.
Runner / StolonSlender horizontal stem that can give rise, via specialized nodes, to new plants.
GraftingAn artificial form of vegetative propagation in which parts of two young plants are joined together, first by artificial means and then by tissue regeneration.
ScionTwig or bud that is grafted onto a plant with roots (called the stock) and develops into a new shoot system.
StockPlant with a root system onto which a twig or bud from another plant (called a scion) is grafted.

Movies, Animations and Audios

Reproduction in Plants
The hidden beauty of pollination

The hidden beauty of pollination

Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life".

Created by Louie Schwartzberg

Methods of pollination

Methods of pollination

Learn how plants manage to be pollinated and to avoid self-pollination.

Produced by Britannica.com

Wild orchid wasp mimic

Wild orchid wasp mimic

This incredible plant dupes wasps into thinking they're mating, while loading them with pollen.

BBC Worldwide

Fruit development

Fruit development

A fruit consists of seeds enclosed in a mature ovary of a flowering plant. The wall of the ovary in an apple hardened and the supporting stem become fleshy and grows up and around the ovary.

Corn growing

Corn growing

Watch seeds of corn developing roots and leaves.

Asexual reproduction in plants

Asexual reproduction in plants

Learn about the several means plants have to reproduce asexually.

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