Reproduction: TheContinuity of Life-Asexual and Sexual Reproduction
What are thedifferent modes ofreproduction?How can we use thisknowledge ingrowing plants?
MODES OF REPRODUCTIONAll living things die eventually. So inorder to continue their own kind,organisms must reproduce.Organisms reproduce in differentways. Asexual Reproduction Sexual Reproduction
The activity that you haveperformed shows howpotatoes are propagatedvegetatively. From a singlepotato, several newpotato plants can beproduced.
Vegetative Reproductionis a kind of asexual reproductionwhere a new individual, known asthe offspring, is produced from asingle parent. The offspringresulting from asexualreproduction is geneticallyidentical with its parent.
Aside from buds, manyeconomically important plantscan be grown through thepropagation of roots, stems, andeven leaves. The kalanchoe, amedicinal plant, can reproducethrough its leaves. Plantlets cangrow around the leaf margin.
Plantlets grow around the leaf margins of theKalanchPlantlets grow around the leaf margins of theKalanchoe
Do you know otherexamples of plantsthat can bepropagated throughvegetativereproduction?
Some plants that can bepropagated vegetativelyare kamote (sweetpotato), cassava, ginger,pineapple, and someornamental plants.
Why do we use vegetative propagation to grow plants?Vegetative propagation resultsin growing plants faster thangrowing plants from seeds.Vegetative reproduction alsoensures that the offspring willbe very much like the parentplant.