Nutrition in Plants

Notes of chapter: Nutrition in Plants are presented below. Indepth notes along with worksheets and NCERT Solutions for Class 7.


(1)Nutrients –

Components of food which are necessary for our body are called nutrients.

Eg:- carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, fats, minerals etc.

(2)Nutrition –

The process in which food is taken by an organism and its utilisation by a body is called nutrition.

(3) Autotrophic nutrition –

The process in which organisms prepare food themselves from simple substances is called autotrophic nutrition.

(4) Autotroohs –

The organisms which can make their food themselves are called autotrophs.

Eg:- Plants

(5) Autotrophs are derived from two Latin words auto means self and trophos means nourishment.

(6) Heterotrophs –

Animals and most other organisms which can not make food themselves but take food prepared by plants are called heterotrophs.

 Eg:-  Animals, humans, birds etc.

(7) Heterotrophs are derived from two Latin words heteros means other and trophos means nourishment.

(8) Leaves are the food factories of plants because synthesis of food occurs there.

(9) Water and minerals present in the soil are absorbed by the roots and transported to the leaves by the vessels.

(10) Vessels –

Vessels are the pipes of plants which run throughout the root, the stem, the branches and the leaves.

(11) Stomatas  –

Stomatas are the pores on the surface of leaves which take carbon dioxide from air.

Diagram of Stomata from NCERT Chapter Nutrition in Plants

(12) Guard cell –

The cells which are surrounded around the stomata are called guard cells.

(13) Chlorophyll –

The green pigment present in the leaves is called chlorophyll. The leaves other than green colour also have chlorophyll, but large pigments mask the green colour.

(14) Photosynthesis –

The process in which leaves use energy of sunlight to synthesis food from carbon dioxide and water is called photosynthesis.

Diagram of Photosynthesis NCERT Chapter Nutrition in Plants

(15)The photosynthesis is derived from two Latin Words photo means light and synthesis means to combine.

(16) During the photosynthesis oxygen is released by leaves. The carbohydrates get converted into starch.

(17)The presence of starch in leaves indicates the occurrence of photosynthesis.


Step 1-

Boil a leaf in water for 2 to three minutes. Boiling leaf in water will destroy cells and allow iodine solution to enter in it.

Step 2-

Then remove leaf from boiling water and place in it test tube. Pour ethanol in test tube. Leaf should be full dip in ethanol. Keep this test tube with leaf and ethanol in the beaker with boiling water. But flame should be switch off. Alcohol is flammable, so always switch off the flame. It will decolour the leaf.

Step 3-

Now, wash leaf with cold water.

Step 4-

Keep this leaf in a dish and put some iodine solution drops on the leaf. The colour of leaf turns blue. Blue colour shows presence of starch. It shows occurrence of photosynthesis in plants.

(18)Algae are the organisms which is find in ponds and other water segments in the form of green patches. They can also prepare their food by photosynthesis which occurs due to presence of chlorophyll.

Diagram of Algae from NCERT Chapter Nutrition in Plants

 (19)Proteins are nitrogenous substances which contain nitrogen. Plants cannot take it directly from air. The Rhizobium bacteria present in the soil convert it into a soluble form and released it into the soil. The Rhizobium cannot make its own food .So it lives in the roots of gram, peas, moong beans and other legumes.

(20) Heterotrophic plants are those plants which can not prepare own food because of absence of chlorophyll .So, they use food prepare by other plants.

Eg:- Cuscuta(Amarbel).

 Diagram of Cuscuta (Amerbel) from NCERT Chapter Nutrition in Plants

(21) The plant on which other plant climbs is called a host.

(22) The climber deprives the host of valuable nutrients, it is called a parasite.

(23) Insectivorous plants are those plants which eat insects.

Eg:- Pitcher plant.

(24)The mode of nutrition in which organisms take in nutrients in solution form from dead and decaying matter is called saprotrophic nutrition.

(25) Plants which take food from dead and decaying matter are called saprotrophs.

Eg:- Fungi.

(26)Fungi also grow on pickles, leather, clothes and other articles that are left in hot and humid weather for long time.

(27) The relationship in which some organisms live together and share shelter and nutrients are called symbiotic relationship.

 Eg:- Certain fungi live in the roots of trees. The tree provides nutrients to the fungus and, in return, receives help from it to take up water and nutrients from the soils.

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