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Selina ICSE Solutions for Class 9 Biology Chapter 6 Seeds: Structure and Germination

Exercise 1

Solution A.

  1. (c) Maize grain ______ coleoptile
  2. (d) do not get enough oxygen

Solution B.1.

(a) F (False). Monocotyledonous seeds contain one cotyledon and dicotyledonous seeds contain two cotyledons.
(b) T (True)
(c) T (True)
(d) T (True)

Solution B.2.

(a) Maize
(b) Pyrogallic acid
(c) Shoot
(d) Rhizophora
(e) Aleurone layer
(f) Bean

Solution B.3.

(a) plumule, above
(b) Coleorhiza, coleoptile
(c) seed coat, testa
(d) micropyle
(e) starch

Solution B.4.

(a) Micropyle, 1st male gamete, egg cell, zygote, embryo
(b) Allogamy, fusion of gametes, zygote, embryo, seed
(c) Seed coat bursts, radicle grows downward, hypocotyls form loop above the soil, epicotyls elongate

Solution C.1.

A seed is a mature ovule after fertilization. It contains a tiny living-plant called the embryo. The embryo within the seed remains in an inactive or dormant state, until it is exposed to favourable conditions, when it germinates.

Solution C.2.

Endospermic (albuminous) seeds: E.g. Castor, Maize, Poppy
Non-endospermic (exalbuminous) seeds: E.g. Bean, Gram, Pea

Solution C.3.

Germinated grams are considered highly nutritive because the cotyledon of the seed absorbs food from the endosperm, making it nutritive. It is rich in starch and its outermost layer is rich in protein.

Solution C.4.

Maize grain is actually a fruit in which the fruit wall and the seed coat are fused together to form a protective layer. Therefore, we do not use the terms maize fruit and maize seed. Instead, we call such fruits as grains.

Solution D.1.

(a) Seed coat: It protects the delicate inner parts of the seed from injury and the attack of bacteria, fungi and insects.
(b) Micropyle: During germination, micropyle allows water to enter the seed through its pore.
(c) Cotyledons: They contain food for the embryo.
(d) Radicle: It forms the future root.
(e) Plumule: It forms the future shoot.

Solution D.2.

Aim: To prove that a suitable temperature is necessary for germination.
Apparatus: Two beakers, wet cotton wool, refrigerator

  1. Take two beakers and label them as A and B.
  2. Place some gram seeds on wet cotton wool in each of the beakers.
  3. Keep beaker A at ordinary room temperature and beaker B in the refrigerator.
  4. In 1-2 days, the seeds in beaker A will germinate, showing the importance of a suitable temperature for germination. Seeds in beaker B may not show the signs of germination or may germinate after several days, though not to the extent as the seeds in beaker A.

Inference: Seeds require a suitable temperature for germination.

Solution D.3.

Yes, we call it germination because all the changes leading to the formation of a seedling collectively constitute germination. During germination, either the epicotyl or the hypocotyl elongates.

Solution D.4.

(a) Epigeal germination and Hypogeal germination

Epigeal germinationHypogeal germination
1. Cotyledons are pushed above the ground1. Cotyledons remain underground
2. Hypocotyl elongates2. Epicotyl elongates

(b) Coleorhiza and Coleoptile

Coleorhiza Coleoptile 
1. Protective sheath of radicle1. Protective sheath of plumule
2. Present towards the pointed end of embryonic region2. Present towards the upper broader side of the embryonic region

(c) Bean seed and Maize grain

Bean seedMaize grain
1. Two cotyledons1. One cotyledon
2. No endosperm2. Large endosperm present

Solution D.5.

When the embryo in the seed becomes activated and begins to grow into a new plant, then it is known as germination.Vivipary is known as the germination of seed within the fruit, while it is still attached to the parent plant.

Solution D.6.

A fruit is the enlarged ripened ovary in which the ovarian wall forms the fruit wall and encloses the seed. The fruit protects the seed and helps in seed dispersal.
The maize grain is regarded as a ‘one-seeded fruit’ because the fruit wall and the seed coat are fused to form a protective layer. Such a fruit is called grain.

Solution D.7.

Germination of a seed which takes place above the ground is called epigeal germination. In epigeal germination, the hypocotyl grows forming a loop above the soil. It then straightens pushing the cotyledons above the ground.

Solution D.8.

(a) The ‘micropyle’ serves two important functions:

  • Allows absorption of water and makes it available to the embryo for germination.
  • Enables diffusion of respiratory gases for the growing embryo

(b) The embryo of the seed grows into the seedling.
(c) Structure of embryo

(d) The cotyledons of the seed provide nutrition for the growing seedling or the embryo.

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