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Chapter 5

Pollination and Fertilization

Class 9 - Concise Biology Selina


Multiple Choice Type

Question 1

Which one of the following is one of the characteristics of self-pollinated flowers?

  1. Flowers are large and showy
  2. Flowers remain closed and do not open
  3. Stigma and anthers mature at the same time ✓
  4. Pollen is produced in very large quantities

Question 2

Exine and intine are the parts of

  1. Embryo sac
  2. Pollen grain ✓
  3. Stigma
  4. Seed

Very Short Answer Type

Question 1

State the name of the chief pollinating agent against the corresponding plant by choosing from those given in brackets.

  1. Dahlia......(Crow, butterflies, mosquito).
  2. Maize.......(Bees, locusts, rain, wind).
  3. Vallisneria.........(Wind, water, ants, rabbits).

Answer

  1. butterflies

  2. wind

  3. water

Question 2

Match the items in Column A with those in Column B.

Column AColumn B
Generative nucleusPollen tube
Germ poreEndosperm nucleus
ExineTesta
Secondary nucleusFertilization
IntegumentMale nuclei
Egg nucleusRough

Answer

Column AColumn B
Generative nucleusMale nuclei
Germ porePollen tube
ExineRough
Secondary nucleusEndosperm nucleus
IntegumentTesta
Egg nucleusFertilization

Question 3

Fill in the blanks with suitable words.

(a) Transfer of pollen grains from anthers to stigma of the same flower is called autogamy

(b) Different timings for maturation of gynoecium and androecium , is called dichogamy

(c) Vallisneria is a water-pollinated flower.

Question 4

Name of the parts of the ovary which give rise to:

  1. Seed
  2. Fruit
  3. Fruit wall

Answer

  1. Ovules
  2. Ovary
  3. Ovarian wall

Question 5

Give one word/term for the following:

  1. A flower containing both male and female parts.
  2. Arrangement of flowers on a twig/stem.
  3. When pollen grains of a flower reach the stigma of the same flower.
  4. When maturation time of reproductive parts in a flower is different.
  5. When stigma and anthers do not grow up to same height, which favours only cross pollination.
  6. Pollination of flowers by insects.
  7. Pollination of flowers by birds.

Answer

  1. Bisexual flower

  2. Inflorescence

  3. Self-pollination/Autogamy

  4. Dichogamy

  5. Heterostyly

  6. Entomophily

  7. Ornithophily

Short Answer Type

Question 1

Explain the following terms:

  1. Ornithophily
  2. Elephophily
  3. Artificial pollination

Answer

  1. The process of pollination affected by birds is known as Ornithophily.

  2. The process of pollination affected by elephants is known as Elephophily.

  3. The process of pollination affected by men through artificial modes is referred to as Artificial pollination.

Question 2

What happens to the following after fertilization?

  1. Ovules
  2. Calyx
  3. Petals
  4. Stamens

Answer

  1. Ovules — Ovules become the seed post fertilization.

  2. Calyx — After fertilization, the calyx sheds or falls off or remains intact in a shriveled and dried form.

  3. Petals — Post fertilization, the petals shed and fall.

  4. Stamens — Once fertilization takes place, the stamens fall off.

Question 3

Mention any two contrivances in flowers which favour cross-pollination.

Answer

Contrivances in flowers which favour cross-pollination:

  1. Unisexuality

  2. Different timings of maturation of androecium and gynoecium

  3. Self-sterility

  4. Structural barriers

Long Answer Type

Question 1

What are the advantages of the following in the flower to the plant concerned?

  1. Long and feathery stigma
  2. Brightly coloured petals
  3. Smooth and light pollen
  4. Protruding and easily movable anthers
  5. Fragrant nectar

Answer

  1. Long and feathery stigma — Help to trap pollen grains in wind-pollination.

  2. Brightly coloured petals— Attracting insects for cross-pollination.

  3. Smooth and light pollen — Easily carried by wind to enable cross-pollination.

  4. Protruding and easily movable anthers — Even slightest wind can move them.

  5. Fragrant nectar — Attracting insects for pollination.

Question 2

Describe the advantages and disadvantages of cross-pollination to the plant.

Answer

Advantages of cross-pollination:

  1. The offspring are healthier.

  2. The seeds produced are abundant and viable.

  3. New varieties may be produced by cross-pollinating two different varieties of the same species.

Disadvantages of cross-pollination:

  1. Pollination is not always certain.

  2. The pollen has to be produced in large quantity.

  3. The process is uneconomical for the plant because the flowers have to be large, coloured, scented and have to produce nectar for attracting pollinating agents.

Structured / Application / Skill Type

Question 1

What is the function of the pollen tube? Explain it with the help of a diagram.

Answer

What is the function of the pollen tube? Explain it with the help of a diagram. Pollination and Fertilization, Concise Biology Solutions ICSE Class 9.

The pollen tube grows out of the pollen grains by breaking through its exine. The pollen tube grows through the stigma and style by dissolving these tissues with the help of enzymes and reaches the ovary, where it enters the ovule through a minute pore called the micropyle.

Question 2

Given alongside is a diagrammatic sketch of the sectional view of a germinating pollen grain. Study the same and then answer the questions that follow:

(a) Name the parts labelled 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

(b) Where does the germination of the pollen grain take place and how?

(c) What is the function of the part labelled '4'?

(d) What happens to the part labelled '5' during the process?

Diagrammatic sketch of sectional view of a germinating pollen grain. Pollination and Fertilization, Concise Biology Solutions ICSE Class 9.

Answer

(a) The parts labelled 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are:

  • 1 → Exine
  • 2 → Intine
  • 3 → Pollen tube
  • 4 → Tube nucleus
  • 5 → Generative nucleus

(b) Germination of the pollen grain takes place only after it falls on the stigma of the same plant species. The pollen grain is stimulated to germinate due to the secretion of sugars by the stigma.

(c) The function of part '4' (tube nucleus) is to direct the growth of the pollen tube towards the ovary.

(d) During germination of the pollen grain, part '5' (generative nucleus) present at the tip of the pollen tube divides into two sperm nuclei. The pollen tube enters one of the synergids and releases its two sperm nuclei. Of these, one sperm nucleus enters the egg cell and fuses with its nucleus, while the other sperm nucleus moves towards the two polar nuclei in the central cell and fuses with them.

Question 3

Given below is a diagrammatic representation of the process of fertilization. Study the same and then answer the questions that follow:

(a) Name the parts labelled 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

(b) What happens to (i) Ovary (ii) Ovule after fertilization?

(c) What is the function of the synergids?

(d) What part does the stigma play in the process of fertilization?

Diagrammatic representation of the process of fertilization. Pollination and Fertilization, Concise Biology Solutions ICSE Class 9.

Answer

(a) The parts labelled 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are:

  • 1 → Style
  • 2 → Pollen tube
  • 3 → Polar nuclei
  • 4 → Embryo sac
  • 5 → Antipodal cells
  • 6 → Micropyle

(b) After fertilization, the ovary enlarges to form the fruit and the ovarian wall forms the fruit wall. The ovule becomes the seed.

(c) Synergid cells are two small, specialized cells found in the embryo sac adjacent to the egg cells in the female gametophyte of a flowering plant. It nourishes the ovum and plays an important role in guiding the pollen tube. These structures are key for cessation of pollen tube growth and in the release of the sperm cells.

(d) Pollen grain is transferred to the stigma during pollination. Germination of pollen grain takes place only if it falls on the stigma. After germination, the pollen tube grows through the stigma and reaches the ovary for the fertilization of the egg cell.

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