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What is a Plant? Hmmm…now there’s an interesting question. Most schools used to lump the study of fungi (a science now called mycology) in with their botany departments, and some schools still do this. Are fungi plants?
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What is a Plant? Surely, then we can say that anything that does photosynthesis is a plant, right? Nope. But I’m being pickier than many people when I say that. If you want to know much more about it, take systematic botany; but for now, to be a plant you have to have chlorophylls a and b, store sugar as starch, and have an ancestor that had two anterior whiplash flagellae with star-shaped bases. All of these, plus the euglenoids and golden algae, fall short of these criteria; though good arguments could be made for the inclusion of some of them (especially red algae.)
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What is a Plant? So what is a plant? My definition includes everything from “green algae” to flowering plants, which are considered the most advanced plants. Our focus will be on the land plants, like ferns, coniferous and deciduous trees, grasses, and wildflowers, to name a few.
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Why Study Plants? I.
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course BIOLOGY 100 taught by Professor Staff during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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