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Page No. 128

Q1. What is the importance of DNA copying in reproduction?

  • DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) is the genetic material found in the chromosomes, which are present in the nucleus of a cell.
    NCERT Solutions: How do Organisms Reproduce? - Notes | Study Science & Technology for UPSC CSE - UPSC
  • The DNA is the information site for making proteins, and each specific type of protein leads to a specific type of body design.
  • Thus, it is the DNA molecule that determines the body design of an individual.
  • Therefore, it can be concluded that it is the DNA which gets transferred from parents to offsprings and makes them look similar. 
  • DNA determines the body structure.

Q2. Why is variation beneficial to the species but not necessarily for the individual?

  • Variations are beneficial to the species than individual because sometimes for a species, the environmental conditions change so drastically that their survival becomes difficult.
    Example: If the temperature of water increases suddenly, then most of the bacteria living in that water would die. Only a few variants that are resistant to heat would be able to survive.
  • However, if these variants were not there, then the entire species of bacteria would have been destroyed.
  • Thus, these variants help in the survival of the species. However, all variations are not necessarily beneficial for individual organisms.

Page No. 133

Q1. How does binary fission differ from multiple fission?

  • In binary fission, a single cell divides into two equal halves. Amoeba and Bacteria divide by binary fission.

Binary Fission in BacteriaBinary Fission in Bacteria

  • In multiple fission, a single cell divides into many daughter cells simultaneously. Amoeba and Plasmodium divide by multiple fission.

Multiple Fission in PlasmodiumMultiple Fission in Plasmodium

Q2. How will an organism be benefited if it reproduces through spores?
There are many advantages if an organism reproduces through spores.

Advantages of spore formation:

  • Large numbers of spores are produced in one sporangium.
  • Spores are distributed easily by air to far-off places to avoid competition in one place.
  • Spores are covered by thick walls to prevent dehydration under unfavourable conditions.

Q3. Can you think of reasons why more complex organisms cannot give rise to new individuals through regeneration?

  • Simple organisms such as Hydra and Planaria are capable of producing new individuals through the process of regeneration.
  • The process of regeneration involves the formation of new organisms from their body parts.
  • Simple organisms can utilize this method of reproduction as their entire body is made of similar kind of cells in which any part of their body can be formed by growth and development.
  • However, complex organisms have an organ-system level of organization
  • All the organ systems of their body work together as interconnected unit.
  • They can regenerate their lost body parts such as skin, muscles, blood, etc. However, they cannot give rise to new individuals through regeneration.

Q4. Why is vegetative propagation practised for growing some types of plants?

  • Plants raised by vegetative propagation can bear flower and fruits earlier than those produced from seeds.
  • It also helps in the propagation of plants such as banana, orange, rose and jasmine that have lost the capacity to produce seeds.
  • All plants produced by this method are genetically similar to the parent plant to have all characteristics.
  • Thus, desirable features of the parent plant can be retained and expressed without any change in future generations.

Q5. Why is DNA copying an essential part of the process of reproduction?

  • DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) copying is an essential part of reproduction as it passes genetic information from parents to offspring.
  • It determines the body design of an individual.
  • The reproducing cells produce a copy of their DNA through some chemical reactions and result in two copies of DNA.
  • The copying of DNA always takes place along with the creation of the additional cellular structure.
  • This process is then followed by the division of a cell to form two cells.

Page No. 140

Q1. How is the process of pollination different from fertilization?

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Q2. What is the role of the seminal vesicles and the prostate gland?
The secretions from seminal vesicles and prostate glands lubricate the sperms and provide a fluid medium for easy transport of sperms. Their secretion also provides nutrients in the form of fructose, calcium, and some enzymes.

Q3. What are the changes seen in girls at the time of puberty?
Secondary sexual characteristics in girls:

  • Increase in breast size and darkening of the skin of the nipples present at the tips of the breasts.
  • The appearance of hair in the genital area.
  • The appearance of hair in other areas of skin like underarms, face, hands, and legs.
  • Increase in the size of the uterus and ovary.
  • Beginning of menstrual cycle.
  • More secretion of oil from the skin, which results in the appearance of pimples.

Q4. How does the embryo get nourishment inside the mother’s body?

  • The embryo develops inside the mother’s body for about nine months. Inside the uterus, the outer tissue surrounding the embryo develops finger-like projections called villi.
  • These villi are surrounded by uterine tissue and maternal blood.
  • They provide a large surface area for the exchange of oxygen and nutrients.
  • Also, there is a special tissue called the placenta, which is embedded in the uterine wall.
  • The embryo receives the oxygen and nutrients from the mother’s blood via the placenta.
  • The waste materials produced by the embryo are also removed through the placenta.

Q5. If a woman is using a copper−T, will it help in protecting her from sexually transmitted diseases?
No. Using a copper-T will not provide protection from sexually transmitted diseases, as it does not prevent the entry of semen. It only prevents the implantation of the embryo in the uterus.

Exercises (Page 144)

Q1. Asexual reproduction takes place through budding in
(a) amoeba
(b) yeast
(c) plasmodium
(d) leishmania

Ans: (b) Asexual reproduction takes place through budding in yeast.

Yeast is an example of asexual reproduction taking place through budding. A small protuberance is produced on the parent cell that grows in full size forming a bud. In the parent cell, the daughter nucleus splits and migrates to the daughter cell. By forming a constriction, the bud detaches from the mother’s body at the base. This process of budding continues to form a chain of bud cells. The mother cell is smaller than the daughter cell.

Q2. Which of the following is not a part of the female reproductive system in human beings?
(a) Ovary
(b) Uterus
(c) Vas deferens
(d) Fallopian tube

Ans: (c) Vas deferens is not a part of the female reproductive system in human beings.

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Vas deferens is a part of the male reproductive system. It is a long, muscular tube travelling from the epididymis into the pelvic cavity. It is behind the bladder. Its function is to transport the mature sperm to the urethra. It also carries urine to the outside of the body.

Q3. The anther contains
(a) sepals
(b) ovules
(c) pistil
(d) pollen grains
(d) The anther contains pollen grains.

(a) Stamen(b) 3-D Cut-section of an Anther(a) Stamen
(b) 3-D Cut-section of an Anther

The stamen are male reproductive organs. They contain anther, which is a site of pollen development. Inside anther, male sporogenous cell differentiates and undergoes meiosis to produce microspores that develop into pollen grains.

Q4. What are the advantages of sexual reproduction over asexual reproduction?
Advantages of sexual reproduction:

  • In sexual reproduction, more variations are produced. Thus, it ensures the survival of species in a population.
  • The newly formed individual has characteristics of both the parents.
  • Variations are more viable in sexual mode than in asexual one. This is because, in asexual reproduction, DNA has to function inside the inherited cellular apparatus.

Q5. What are the functions performed by the testes in human beings?
The testes are the male reproductive organs that are located outside the abdominal cavity within a pouch called the scrotum.
Functions of testes:

  • Produce sperms.
  • Produce a hormone called testosterone, which brings about secondary sexual characters in boys.

Q6. Why does menstruation occur?

  • Menstruation is a process in which blood and mucous flows out every month through the vagina.
  • This process occurs every month because one egg is released from the ovary every month and at the same time, the uterus (womb) prepares itself to receive the fertilized egg.
  • Thus, the inner lining of the uterus gets thickened and is supplied with blood to nourish the embryo.
  • If the egg does not get fertilized, then the lining of the uterus breaks down slowly and gets released in the form of blood and mucus from the vagina.

Q7. Draw a labelled diagram of the longitudinal section of a flower.

Longitudinal Section of a FlowerLongitudinal Section of a Flower

Q8. What are the different methods of contraception?
The contraceptive methods can be broadly divided into the following types:
1. Natural Method

  • It involves avoiding the chances of the meeting of sperms and ovum. 
  • In this method, the sexual act is avoided from day 10th to 17th of the menstrual cycle because, during this period, ovulation is expected and therefore, the chances of fertilization are very high.

2. Barrier Method

  • In this method, the fertilization of ovum and sperm is prevented with the help of barriers.
  • Barriers are available for both males and females.
  • Condoms are barriers made of thin rubber that are used to cover penis in males and vagina in females.

3. Oral Contraceptives

  • In this method, tablets or drugs are taken orally.
  • These contain small doses of hormones that prevent the release of eggs, and thus fertilization cannot occur.

4. Implants and Surgical Methods

  • Contraceptive devices such as the loop or Copper-T are placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
  • Some surgical methods can also be used to block the gamete transfer. It includes the blocking of vas deferens to prevent the transfer of sperms known as vasectomy.
  • Similarly, fallopian tubes of the females can be blocked so that the egg will not reach the uterus known as tubectomy.

Q9. How are the modes for reproduction different in unicellular and multicellular organisms?

  • In unicellular organisms, reproduction occurs by the division of the entire cell.
  • The modes of reproduction in unicellular organisms can be fission, budding, etc. 
  • whereas, in multicellular organisms, specialised reproductive organs are present. Therefore, they can reproduce by complex reproductive methods such as vegetative propagation, spore formation, etc.
  • In more complex multicellular organisms such as human beings and plants, the mode of reproduction is sexual reproduction.

Q10. How does reproduction help in providing stability to populations of species?

  • Living organisms reproduce for the continuation of a particular species.
  • It helps in providing stability to the population of species by producing a new individual that resembles the parents.
  • This is the reason why cats give birth to only cats or dogs give birth to only dogs.
  • Therefore, reproduction provides stability to populations of dogs or cats or any other species.

Q11. What could be the reasons for adopting contraceptive methods?
Contraceptive methods are mainly adopted because of the following reasons:

  • To prevent unwanted pregnancies.
  • To control population rise or birth rate.
  • To prevent the transfer of sexually transmitted diseases.
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