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Plant Structure & Processes - Chapter Summary
This self-paced science chapter provides a high-level overview of plant structures and processes. After reviewing some interesting facts about the Kingdom Plantae, you can take a look at a variety of root, stem and leaf structures. You'll then move onto plant reproduction methods, as well as the process of water and solute transport in plants. When you're finished working through these simple video lessons, you should be able to:
- Describe the characteristics of Kingdom Plantae
- Assess the structure and function of roots and stems
- Compare leaf layers
- Evaluate the pros and cons of asexual reproduction in plants
- Outline the process of reproduction and fertilization in flowering plants
- Summarize the fern life cycle
- Explain how solutes and water are transported in plants
Following each lesson is a short quiz that helps check your understanding of the material. The chapter includes a comprehensive multiple-choice exam, as well as an Ask the Expert feature that you can use if you have any questions about plant structures and processes. The chapter is available online 24/7, which helps you study whenever your schedule allows.
1. Kingdom Plantae: Facts, Characteristics & Examples
Chances are, you can thank a plant for your clothes, your food, and even your house. This lesson will explore the kingdom plantae including characteristics plants share as well as some facts and examples of organisms within this kingdom.
2. Roots & Stems: Structure & Function
You have probably pulled a plant out of the ground by its stalk (stem) to reveal the jumbled mess of roots below, but do you know how roots and stems help a plant stay alive? Learn what is inside roots and stems and what they do.
3. Structure of Leaves: The Epidermis, Palisade and Spongy Layers
Leaves may look pretty in the fall when they are changing colors, but they also provide many necessary functions for plants. In this lesson, we will explore the structures and functions of leaves.
4. Asexual Reproduction in Plants: Advantages, Disadvantages & Types
Plants are successful because they have evolved to have a variety of ways to reproduce. In this lesson, we will examine asexual reproduction in plants to learn the types, as well as the pros and cons of this means of reproduction.
5. Flowering Plants: Reproduction & Fertilization
Some plants use flowers to reproduce. The flowers contain all the parts needed for the reproduction process. This lesson explains how all of these parts are used to create the next generation of flowering plants.
6. A Fern Life Cycle: Plant Reproduction Without Flowers or Seeds
Ferns are able to reproduce without using seeds. We will look at how ferns reproduce as well as the pattern of alternating between diploid and haploid life stages.
7. Transporting Solutes & Water in Plants
How do plants move water and nutrients where they need to go? That's the question we'll be exploring in this lesson as we look at both xylem and phloem transportation systems and see how plants stay hydrated and energized.
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