modes of nutrition in plants and animals are
the various methods whereby plants and animals carry out food intake
modes of nutrition in plants and animals
Animal modes of nutrition focuses on nutrients needs of animals,
Essential elements are chemical elements that meet criteria that determine that the elements are required for plant growth and development and therefore are called plant nutrients
How soil fertility affect plant nutrition
Soil fertility is the study of delivery of essential elements
from the soil to the plant. Soil fertility involves chemical, physical, and biological properties of soils. Some chemical properties of soil fertility are supply of plant nutrients and soil acidity. Some physical properties that affect soil fertility are texture, structure, depth, drainage
, aeration, water, and temperature.
Biological property of soil that affect plant modes of nutrition
Biological properties refer effects of organisms on soil fertility and may include harmful organisms such as diseases, insect pests,
and weeds or beneficial organisms such as bacteria(types of bacteria and diseases
) that conduct processes of mineralization and nitrification.
It is difficult to sort properties of soil fertility
into chemical, physical, and biological factors because of the interrelations and similarities
“Animal nutrition focuses on the dietary nutrients needs of animals, primarily those in agriculture and food production, but also in zoos, aquariums, and wildlife management. There are seven major classes of nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, fibre, minerals, proteins, vitamins, and water”
Plant modes of nutrition facts and types
i Autotrophic or holophytic nutrition
is a mode of nutrition by which green leaves or plants manufacture their food using atmospheric carbon
dioxide and soil water as raw materials with sunlight as the source of energy. This type of autotrophic nutrition is the photosynthetic autotrophic nutrition.
plant nutrition explained
Autotrophs are organisms that can produce their own food independently.
WHAT IS PLANT NUTRITION?
Producers are green plants that make use of sunlight to manufacture food from nutrients obtained from the soil. Strictly, the definition implies that autotrophs acquire carbon from inorganic sources such as carbon dioxide (CO2. Autotrophs
are normally plants; they are as well known as “self feeders” or “primary producers”.
The second type of autotrophic nutrition in plant is chemosynthetic nutrition or chemosynthesis: This is type of autotrophic nutrition where the energy required for the synthesis of food is derived from chemicals or inorganic compound instead of from light energy from the sun.
(ii) Parasitic nutrition: This is the type of plant nutrition by which a few plants derive their organic substance from other plants. Such plants are referred to as parasite while the plants from which they derive their nourishment and protection is referred to as host.
Parasites causes harm to their host and can sometimes leads to the death of the host. This is type of relationship in which the parasite gains while its host is at loss.
(iii) Mutualism (symbiosis) type of nutrition
— This is a mode of feeding relationship whereby two organisms are living together for the common benefit of each other. The relationship may be between organisms that belong to the same group or different groups.
Example is seen in the relationship between nitrogen fixing bacteria
, rhizobium and root noodles of leguminous plants as well as fungi and algae in lichens.
(iv) Epiphytic nutrition — This is the mode of plant of nutrition that occurs when plants attach themselves to other plants for support. They acquire minerals and water from the position of attachment to the host plants but produce their own food through photosynthesis because they have green leaves and chlorophyl.
Photosynthesis in plants
(b) (I) Light reaction takes place in the grana of the chloroplast which contains chlorophyll, a pigment that traps light energy during the process of photosynthesis. The absorption of light energy by chlorophyll assists in the splitting of water molecule into hydrogen and hydroxyl ions as shown in the equation below:
4H20 → Light energy → 4H+ → OH- – 40H .
The hydroxyl components obtained again react with each other to give rise to water and oxygen as shown in the equation below: 20H + 20H → 2H20 + O2 . The overall reactions = 4H20 radiant energy 4H+ + 2H20 + O2 + 4e.
In the process of light reaction, electrons are transferred to photosystem I, two molecules of ATP are produced from ADP and inorganic phosphate. ADP + P1 → ATP iphotophosphory — lotion) electrons move further to another photosystem
(ii) Dark reaction
takes place in the stomata of the chloroplast in the presence of NADPH and ATP. The Hydrogen (H) produced in the light reaction passes through series of reactions in which they reduce carbon dioxide to form sugar(glucose)
as represented in the following equation: CO2 + 4H → CH2O + H20. The reactions are catalyzed by enzymes.
Types of animal modes of nutrition
Two examples of mode of nutrition in animals
There are many modes of feeding that animals exhibit, including: Filter feeding: obtaining nutrients from particles suspended in water. Deposit feeding: obtaining nutrients
from particles suspended in soil. Fluid feeding: obtaining nutrients by consuming other organisms’ fluids.
(i) Explanation of filter feeding in mosquito:
Male mosquitoes will live only 6 or 7 days on average, feeding primarily on plant nectar, and do not take blood meals. Females with an adequate food supply can live up to 5 months or longer, with the average female life span being about 6 weeks.
The head of a mosquito has brushes, mandible and maxillae. Ventral surface of the head is upward and this allows the pair of brushes at the sides of the Mouth to sweep through water and enmesh small food particles which are combed into the mouth by the maxilla and mandibles.
(ii) Explanation of parasitic feeding
in tape worm, read more about tapeworm here :
The head or (scolex) of a tape worm has hooks, rostellum and suckers. The hooks and the suckers allow them to attach themselves to the walls of the intestine of its host. The whole body surface is adapted for absorption of digested food from its host.
Here is a clear answer to tapeworm nutrition
Tapeworms attach themselves to the inner lining of the definitive host’s small intestine. They don’t have mouths to hold on with, but they have an arrangement of suckers and hooks that lets them latch on and bury their heads in the intestinal lining. When a worm is in place, the host’s partially digested food flows over him, and the tapeworm absorbs necessary nutrients through his skin. If the parasite steals enough food from the host
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