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3.4 Reproduction in Plants

  • Can you explain with examples, how plants can reproduce asexually by natural and artificial methods?
  • Can you label diagrams of an insect-pollinated and a wind-pollinated flower, and explain how each is adapted for pollination?
  • Can you explain the processes following pollination including growth of the pollen tube, fertilisation, and seed and fruit formation?
  • What conditions are needed for seed germination?
  • What enables a germinating seed to grow before it can carry out photosynthesis?

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Watch Mr Exham dissect a flower and explain the difference between pollination and fertilisation.

A BBC video looking at the different parts of the flower used in plant reproduction.

David Attenborough introduces the wild orchid wasp mimic – a plant that dupes wasps into thinking they’re mating, while loading them with pollen.

Click here to try a virtual flower dissection and practice labelling the parts of a flower.

Watch this beautiful video about pollination.

Click here to watch a video showing the many ways that seeds can be dispersed in order to avoid competition and maximise the spread of a species.

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