NCERT Solutions: Biological Classification Notes | Study Biology Class 11 - NEET

NEET: NCERT Solutions: Biological Classification Notes | Study Biology Class 11 - NEET

The document NCERT Solutions: Biological Classification Notes | Study Biology Class 11 - NEET is a part of the NEET Course Biology Class 11.
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Q.1. Discuss how classification systems have undergone several changes over a period of time?

  • The classification systems have undergone several changes with time. The first attempt of classification was made by Aristotle. He classified plants as herbs, shrubs, and trees. Animals, on the other hand, were classified on the basis of the presence or absence of red blood cells. This system of classification failed to classify all the known organisms.
  • Therefore, Linnaeus gave a two-kingdom system of classification. It consists of kingdom Plantae and kingdom Animalia. However, this system did not differentiate between unicellular and multicellular organisms and between eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Therefore, there were large numbers of organisms that could not be classified under the two kingdoms.

    Two Kingdom System of ClassificationTwo Kingdom System of Classification
  • To solve these problems, a five-kingdom system of classification was proposed by R.H. Whittaker in 1969. On the basis of characteristics, such as cell structure, mode of nutrition, presence of cell wall, etc., five kingdoms, Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia, were formed.

    Five Kingdom System of ClassificationFive Kingdom System of Classification

Q.2. State two economically important uses of:
(a) Heterotrophic bacteria
(b) Archaebacteria
(a) Heterotrophic bacteria

  • They act as decomposers and help in the formation of humus.
  • They help in the production of curd from milk.
  • Many antibiotics are obtained from some species of bacteria.
  • Many soil bacteria help in the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen.

(b) Archaebacteria

  • Methane gas is produced from the dung of ruminants by methanogens.
  • Methanogens are also involved in the formation of biogas and sewage treatment.ArchaebacteriaArchaebacteria

Q.3. What is the nature of cell-walls in Diatoms?


  • The cell walls of diatoms are made of silica.
  • Their cell wall construction is known as a frustule.
  • It consists of two thin overlapping shells that fit into each other such as a soapbox.
  • When the diatoms die, the silica in their cell walls gets deposited in the form of diatomaceous earth.
  • This diatomaceous earth is very soft and quite inert.
  • It is used in the filtration of oils, sugars, and for other industrial purposes.

Q.4. Find out what do the terms ‘Algal bloom’ and ‘Red-tides’ signify.


  • Algal bloom refers to an increase in the population of algae or blue-green algae in the water, resulting in discolouration of the water body. This causes an increase in the biological oxygen demand (BOD), resulting in the death of fishes and other aquatic animals.Algal BloomAlgal Bloom
  • Red tides are caused by red dinoflagellates (Gonyaulax) that multiply rapidly. Due to their large numbers, the sea appears red in colour. They release large amounts of toxins in the water that can cause the death of a large number of fishes.Red TideRed Tide

Q.5. How are Viroids different from Viruses?
Answer: Viroids were discovered in 1917 by T.O. Denier. They cause potato spindle tuber disease. They are smaller in size than viruses. ViroidsViroidsViroids are different from viruses in the following ways:

  • Its RNA does not code for protein.
  • It exists within the cells as RNA particles only with no envelope or capsid.
  • It possesses only one circular RNA strand comprising of very few nucleotides.
  • Contrary to viruses, viroids require no help of viruses to infect cells.
  • Contrary to viruses of which the RNA can be copied in the nucleus or cytoplasm, the RNA of viroids are copied in the nucleus only.
  • To detect the presence of viroids in the plant tissues, special techniques are used.

Q.6. Describe briefly the four major groups of Protozoa.


Protozoa are microscopic unicellular protists with the heterotrophic mode of nutrition. They may be holozoic, saprobic, or parasitic.
These are divided into four major groups:

NCERT Solutions: Biological Classification Notes | Study Biology Class 11 - NEET

(i) Amoeboid Protozoa or Sarcodines

  • They are unicellular, jelly-like protozoa found in fresh or seawater and in moist soil. 
  • Their body lacks a periplast. Therefore, they may be naked or covered by a calcareous shell. 
  • They usually lack flagella and have temporary protoplasmic outgrowths called pseudopodia.
  •  These pseudopodia or false feet help in movement and capturing prey. 
  • They include free-living forms such as Amoeba or parasitic forms such as Entamoeba.

(ii) Flagellated Protozoa or Zooflagellates

  • They are free-living, non-photosynthetic flagellates without a cell wall. 
  • They possess flagella for locomotion and capturing prey. 
  • They include parasitic forms such as Trypanosoma, which causes sleeping sickness in human beings. 

(iii) Ciliated Protozoa or Ciliates

  • They are aquatic individuals that form a large group of protozoa. 
  • Their characteristic features are the presence of numerous cilia on the entire body surface and the presence of two types of nuclei. 
  • All the cilia beat in the same direction to move the water-laden food inside a cavity called gullet. 
  • They include organisms such as Paramecium, Vorticella etc.

(iv) Sporozoans

  • They include disease-causing endoparasites and other pathogens.
  • They are uninucleate and their body is covered by a pellicle.
  • They do not possess cilia or flagella.
  • They include malaria-causing parasite Plasmodium.

Q.7. Plants are Autotrophic. Can you think of some plants that are partially Heterotrophic?

  • Plants have an autotrophic mode of nutrition as they contain chlorophyll pigment. Thus, they have the ability to prepare their own food by the process of photosynthesis.
  • Dodder is a holoparasitic plant that penetrates its roots into higher plants' vascular bundles and sucks their nutrients for its own growth, Monotropa hypopit (Dutchman’s pipe) a saprophytic plant that lacks chlorophyll and feeds on dead and decaying matter.
  • Some insectivorous plants are partially heterotrophic.

Pitcher PlantPitcher Plant

  • They have various means of capturing insects so as to supplement their diet with required nutrients derived from insects, causing proliferation of growth. 
  • The examples include pitcher plant (Nepenthes), Venus flytrap, bladderwort, and sundew plant.

Q.8. What do the terms Phycobiont and Mycobiont signify?

  • Lichens are formed by a symbiotic association between algae and fungi. 
  • Phycobiont refers to the algal component of the lichens and mycobiont refers to the fungal component.LichenLichen
  • Algae contain chlorophyll and prepare food for fungi whereas the fungus provides shelter to algae and absorbs water and nutrients from the soil. This type of relationship is referred to as symbiotic.

Q.9. Give a comparative account of the classes of Kingdom Fungi under the following:

(i) Mode of Nutrition

(ii) Mode of Reproduction


(a) Phycomycetes: This group of fungi includes members such as Rhizopus, Albugo, etc.

  • Mode of nutrition: They are obligate parasites on plants or are found on decaying matter such as wood.
  • Mode of reproduction:
    • Asexual reproduction occurs through motile zoospores or non-motile aplanospores produced endogenously in the sporangium. 
    • Sexual reproduction may be of isogamous, anisogamous, or oogamous type. It results in the formation of thick-walled zygospore.

(b) Ascomycetes: This group of fungi includes members such as Penicillium, Aspergillus, Claviceps, and Neurospora.

  • Mode of nutrition: They are sporophytic, decomposers, parasitic or coprophilous (growing on dung).
  • Mode of reproduction:
    • Asexual reproduction occurs through asexual spores produced exogenously, such as conidia produced on conidiophores.
    • Sexual reproduction takes place through ascospores produced endogenously in sac-like asci and arranged inside ascocarps.

(c) Basidiomycetes: This group of fungi includes members such as Ustilago, Agaricus and Puccinia.

  • Mode of nutrition: They grow as decomposers in soil or on logs and tree stumps. They also occur as parasites in plants causing diseases such as rusts and smuts.
  • Mode of reproduction:
    • Asexual reproduction takes place commonly through fragmentation. Asexual spores are absent. 
    • Sex organs are absent but sexual reproduction takes place through plasmogamy. It involves the fusion of two different strains of hyphae. The resulting dikaryon gives rise to a basidium. Four basidiospores are produced inside a basidium.

(d) Deuteromycetes: This group of fungi includes members such as Alternaria, Trichoderma, and Colletotrichum.

  • Mode of nutrition: Some members are saprophytes while others are parasites. However, a large number act as decomposers of leaf litter.
  • Mode of reproduction:
    • Asexual reproduction is the only way of reproduction in Deuteromycetes. It occurs through asexual spores called conidia. 
    • Sexual reproduction is absent in Deuteromycetes.

Q.10. What are the characteristic features of Euglenoids?

EuglenoidEuglenoidSome characteristic features of Euglenoids are as follows:

  • Euglenoids (such as Euglena) are unicellular protists commonly found in fresh water. Instead of cell wall, a protein-rich cell membrane known as pellicle is present. They bear two flagella on the anterior end of the body.
  • A small light sensitive eye spot is present. They contain photosynthetic pigments such as chlorophyll and can thus prepare their own food. However, in the absence of light, they behave similarly to heterotrophs by capturing other small aquatic organisms.
  • They have both plant and animal-like features: they do not have a cell wall (animal-like) but have chloroplasts (plant-like), making them difficult to classify.

Q.11. Give a brief account of viruses with respect to their structure and nature of genetic material. Also name four common viral diseases.

  • Viruses are sub-microscopic infectious agents that can infect all living organisms. 
  • A virus consists of genetic material surrounded by a protein coat. The genetic material may be present in the form of DNA or RNA.
  • Most of the viruses, infecting plants, have single-stranded RNA as genetic material. 
  • On the other hand, the viruses infecting animals have single or double-stranded RNA or double-stranded DNA. 
  • Bacteriophages or viruses infecting bacteria mostly have double-stranded DNA. Their protein coat called capsid is made up of capsomere subunits. 
  • These capsomeres are arranged in helical or polyhedral geometric forms. 
  • A.I.D.S, small pox, mumps, and influenza are some common examples of viral diseases.

Q.12. Organise a discussion in your class on the topic: Are viruses living or non-living?

  • Viruses are microscopic organisms that have characteristics of both living and non-living.
  • A virus consists of a strand of DNA or RNA covered by a protein coat. This presence of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) suggests that viruses are alive.
  • In addition, they can also respond to their environment (inside the host cell) in a limited manner.
  • However, some other characters, such as their inability to reproduce without using the host cell machinery and their a-cellular nature, indicate that viruses are non-living.
  • Therefore, classifying viruses has remained a mystery for modern systematics.
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