Unit 1 Organization and Classification of Life

Unit 1 Organization and Classification of Life

Unit 1 Organization and Classification of Life 1.1 Ecosystems: Everything Is Connected 1.2 The Diversity of Living Things 1.3 Classifications Classroom Catalyst 4.1 Ecosystems: Everything is Connected

Objectives Distinguish between the biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Describe how a population differs from a species. Explain how habitats are important for organisms. Defining an Ecosystem

Ecosystems are communities of organisms and their abiotic environment. Examples are an oak forest or a coral reef. Ecosystems do not have clear boundaries. Things move from one ecosystem to another. Pollen can blow from a forest into a field, soil can wash from a mountain into a lake, and birds migrate from state to state.

Organization in an Ecosystem The Components of an Ecosystem In order to survive, ecosystems need certain basic components: energy, mineral nutrients, water, oxygen, and living organisms. Plants and rocks are components of the land ecosystems, while most of the energy of an ecosystem comes from the sun.

If one part of the ecosystem is destroyed or changes, the entire system will be affected. Biotic and Abiotic Factors Biotic factors are environmental factors that are associated with or result from the activities of living organisms which includes plants, animals, dead organisms, and the waste products of organisms.

Abiotic factors are environmental factors that are not associated with the activities of living organisms which includes air, water, rocks, and temperature. Scientists can organize these living and nonliving things into various levels. Organisms Organisms are living things that can carry

out life processes independently. You are an organism, as is an ant, and ivy plant, and each of the many bacteria living in your intestines. Every organism is a member of a species. Species are groups of organisms that are closely related can mate to produce fertile offspring. Populations

Members of a species may not all live in the same place. Field mice in Maine will not interact with field mice in Texas. However, each organism lives as part of a population. Populations are groups of organisms of the same species that live in a specific geographical area and interbreed. For example, all the field mice in a corn field make up a population of field mice.

Populations An important characteristic of a population is that its members usually breed with one another rather than with members of other populations For example, bison will usually mate with another member of the same herd, just as wildflowers will usually be pollinated by other

flowers in the same field. Communities Communities are groups of various species that live in the same habitat and interact with each other. Every population is part of a community. The most obvious difference between communities is the types of species they have.

Land communities are often dominated by a few species of plants. These plants then determine what other organisms can live in that community. Habitat Habitats are places where an organism usually lives. Every habitat has specific characteristics that

the organisms that live there need to survive. If any of these factors change, the habitat changes. Organisms tend to be very well suited to their natural habitats. In fact, animals and plants usually cannot survive for long periods of time away from their natural habitat. 1.1 Section Review Questions 1. Describe a population not mentioned in this

section. 2. Describe which factors of an ecosystem are not part of a community 3. Explain the difference between a population and a species. 1.2 The Diversity of Living Things Objectives Name the three domains and four kingdoms

of organisms and list characteristics of each. Explain the importance of bacteria and fungi in the environment. Describe the role of protists in the ocean environment. Describe how organisms interact and depend on each other for survival. The Diversity of Living Things

Most scientists classify organisms into three domains and six kingdoms based on different characteristics. Members of the three domains get their food in different ways and are made up of different types of cells, the smallest unit of biological organization. The cells of animals, plants, fungi, and protists all contain a nucleus. While cells of

bacteria, fungi, and plants all have cell walls. Levels of Classification Archaea and Bacteria Archaea differ from bacteria in their genetics and the makeup of their cell wall. Bacteria are microscopic, unicellular organisms that usually have a cell wall and

reproduce by cell division. Unlike all other organisms, bacteria and archaea lack nuclei. Bacteria and archaea live in every habitat on Earth, from hot springs to the bodies of animals. Bacteria and the Environment Some kinds of bacteria break down the

remains and wastes of other organisms and return the nutrients to the soil. Others recycle nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus. Certain bacteria can convert nitrogen from the air into a form that plants can use. This conversion is important because nitrogen is the main component of proteins and genetic material.

Bacteria and the Environment Bacteria also allow many organisms, including humans, to extract certain nutrients from their food. The bacterium, Escherichia coli or E. coli, is found in the intestines of humans and other animals and helps digest food and release vitamins that humans need.

Fungi A fungus is an organism whose cells have nuclei, rigid cell walls, and no chlorophyll and that belongs to the kingdom Fungi. Cell walls act like mini-skeletons that allow fungi to stand up right. A mushroom is the reproductive structure of a fungus. The rest of the fungus is an underground network of fibers that absorb

food from decaying organisms in the soil. Fungi Fungi get their food by releasing chemicals that help break down organic matter, and then absorbing the nutrients. The bodies of most fungi are huge networks of threads that grow through the soil, dead wood, or other material on which the fungus

is feeding. Like bacteria, fungi play an important role in breaking down the bodies of dead organisms. Fungi Some fungi, like some bacteria, cause disease. Athletes foot is an example of a condition caused by fungi. Other fungi add flavor to food as in blue

cheese. The fungus gives the cheese both its blue color and strong flavor. Yeasts are fungi that produce the gas that makes bread rise. Protists Protists are diverse organisms that belong to the kingdom Protista. Some, like amoebas, are animal-like. Others

are plantlike, such as kelp, and some resemble fungi. Most protists are unicellular, microscopic organisms, including diatoms, which float on the ocean surface. Another protist, Plasmodium, is the unicellular organism that causes the disease malaria. Protists

From an environmental standpoint, the most important protists are algae. Algae are plantlike protists that can make their own food using light energy from the sun. They range in size from the giant kelp to the unicellular phytoplankton, which are the initial source of food in most ocean and freshwater ecosystems.

Plants Plants are multicellular organisms that make their own food using light energy from the sun and have cell walls. Most plants live on land where they use their leaves to get sunlight, oxygen, and carbon dioxide from the air. While absorbing nutrients and water from the soil using their

roots. Leaves and roots are connected by vascular tissue, which has thick cell walls and serves is system of tubes that carries water and food. Plants Plants with no vascular tissue are called nonvascular plants. Nonvascular plants lack specialized

conducting tissues, roots, stems, and leaves, so water must move from the environment throughout the plant. Nonvascular plants such as mosses, live in damp places. Gymnosperms Gymnosperms are woody vascular seed plants whose seeds are not enclosed by an

ovary or fruit. Conifers, such as pine trees, are gymnosperms that bear cones. Much of our lumber and paper comes from gymnosperms. Gymnosperms Gymnosperms have several adaptations that allow them to live in dry conditions.

They can produce pollen, which protects and moves sperm between plants. These plants also produce seeds, which protect developing plants from drying out. A conifers needle-like leaves also lose little water. Angiosperms Angiosperms are flowering plants that

produce seeds within fruit. Most land plants are angiosperms. The flower is the reproductive structure of the plant. Some angiosperms, like grasses, have small flowers, that use wind to disperse their pollen. Other angiosperms have large flowers to attract insects and birds. Many flowering plants depend on animals to disperse their

seeds and carry their pollen. Angiosperms Most land animals are dependent on flowering plants. Most of the food we eat, such as wheat, rice, beans, oranges, and lettuce comes from flowering plants. Building materials and fibers, such as oak

and cotton, also come from flowering plants. Animals Animals cannot make their own food. They must take it in from the environment. Animal cells have no cell walls, so their bodies are soft and flexible. Although, some animals have evolved hard skeletons against which their muscles can pull to move their

bodies. As a result, animals are much more mobile than plants. All animals move around in their environment during at least one stage in their lives. Invertebrates Invertebrates are animals that do not have backbones.

Many live attached to hard surfaces in the ocean and filter their food out of the water, such as corals, various worms, and mollusks. These organisms are only mobile when they are larvae. At this early stage in their life they are part of the oceans plankton. Invertebrates Other invertebrates, including squid in the

ocean and insects on land, actively move in search of food. More insects exist on Earth than any other type of animal. Insects are successful for many reasons: they have a waterproof external skeleton, can move and reproduce quickly, most insects can fly, and their small size allows them to live on little food and to hide from enemies in small places.

Invertebrates Many insects and plants have evolved together and depend on each other to survive. Insects carry pollen from male fruit parts to fertilize a plants egg, which develops into fruits such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and apples.

Insects are also valuable because they eat other insects that we consider to be pests. Invertebrates However, insects and humans are often enemies. Bloodsucking insects transmit human diseases such as malaria, sleeping sickness, and West Nile virus.

Insects do most damage indirectly by eating our crops. Vertebrates Vertebrates are animals that have a backbone, and includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. The first vertebrates were fish, but today most vertebrates live on land.

The first land vertebrates were reptiles. These animals were successful because they have an almost waterproof egg which allows the egg to hatch on land, away from predators in the water. Vertebrates Birds are warm-blooded vertebrates with feathers. They keep their hard-shelled eggs

and young warm until they have developed insulating layers of fat and feathers. Mammals are warm-blooded vertebrates that have fur and feed their young milk. Birds and mammals have the ability to maintain a high body temperature which allows them to live in cold areas, where other animals cannot live. 1.2 Section Review Questions

1. Describe how animals and angiosperms depend on each other. Write a short paragraph to explain your answer. 2. Describe the importance of protists in the ocean. 3. Name the four kingdoms of life, and give two characteristics of each. 4. Explain the importance of bacteria and fungi in the environment.

1.3 Classification of Life Objectives Identify the main criterion that Linnaeus used to classify organisms. List the characteristics that distinguish between the domains. Explain why taxonomic systems continue to

change. Classifying Organisms Every year thousands of new species are discovered all over the world, both on land and in water. Scientists attempt to classify these organisms in meaningful ways. Over the centuries, the classifications

systems have changed. Taxonomy Taxonomy is the science of describing, naming, and classifying organisms. Any particular group within a taxonomic system is called a taxon. The Greek philosopher Aristotle, classified organism into two taxa-either plants or animals

over 2,400 years ago. Early naturalists realized that common names would not work to identify organism, because these names varied from place to place. Ladybugs or Ladybirds? The Linnaean System Developed by Carolus Linnaeus over 200 years ago Grouped organisms according to their form and structure. His system had seven levels.

Modern Linnaean System Domain Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species

Binomial Nomenclature Organisms were given a species name or scientific name with two parts: the genus name followed by a species identifier. This two part naming is known as binomial nomenclature. Examples Humans Homo sapiens Gorillas Gorilla gorilla

Scientists refer to variations of species that live in different geographic areas as subspecies Phylogenetics Phylogenetics the analysis of evolutionary or ancestral relationships among taxa

Phylogenetic diagram (phylogenetic tree) looks like a family tree and has a branching pattern that indicates how closely related a subset of taxa are thought to be. Phylgenetic Tree Cladistics Cladistics a system of phylogenetic analysis

that uses shared and derived characters as the only criteria for grouping taxa Cladogram is a type of phylogenetic diagram Cladogram Modern Classification Domain Kingdom Phylum

Class Order Family Genus Species Domains Three domains Archaea Bacteria

Eukarya Domain-Bacteria Small, single-celled prokaryotes Cell membranes that contain peptidoglycan Reproduce by binary fission Domain-Archaea Prokaryotes Extremophiles

Cell membranes that do not contain peptidoglycan Domain Eukarya Have membrane bound organelles and nucleus Larger cells Can be unicellular or multicellular

Kingdoms 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Eubacteria

Archaebacteria Protista Fungi Plantae Animalia Kingdom Eubacteria (Bacteria) true bacteria Gram negative, Gram positive

Kingdom Archaebacteria ancient bacteria Most live in extreme environments Autotrophs Kingdom Protista Eukaryotes that are not plants, animals, or fungi Most are unicellular

Kingdom Fungi Eukaryotes Heterotrophic Unicelluar and multicellular Absorb rather than ingest nutrients Kingdom Plantae Eukaryotes Multicellular

Except for a few parasitic varies they are autotrophs Photosynthetic Develop from embryos Most live on land Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) Kingdom Animalia

Eukaryotes Multicellular Heterotrophs Develop from embryos Most have symmetrical body organization Move around during one stage of life Review Questions List and briefly describe the kingdoms of

classification. Why are protists, fungi, plants, and animals under one domain?

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