Exam Question for Class 12 Biology Chapter 9 Strategies for Enhancement in Food Production
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Chapter 9 Strategies for Enhancement in Food Production Class 12 Biology Exam Question
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Very Short Answer Types Questions
Question. Millions of chicken were killed in West Bengal, Asom, Odisha and Maharashtra recently. What was the reason?
Answer. Millions of chicken were killed or rejected in West Bengal, Asom, Odisa and Maharashtra because they were found to be infected with H N 5 1 virus, which is the causal organism of bird flu.
Question. Can gamma rays used for crop improvement programmes prove to be harmful for health? Discuss.
Answer. No radiation treatment has been used to create thousands of new plant varieties. These varieties are cultivated as food and feed. Radiation is known to be much more disruptive for chromosomal structure than the manipulations used to make transgenic plants.Such radiation treatment of crop plants has caused no documented instances of ill-health among consumers despite having been used commercially for several decades.
For rice crops alone, hundreds of different mutant varieties have been developed mostly made by using ionising radiations, like gamma rays.
Question. In animal husbandry, if two closely related animals are mated for a few generations, it results in loss of fertility and vigour. Why is this so?
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The phenomenon being referred to is called ‘Inbreeding Depression’ and results in loss of fertility and vigour.
Answer. The loss in fertility and vigour occurs after inbreeding because the recessive alleles tend to get together and express harmful effects in the progeny.
Question. In the area of plant breeding, it is important not only to preserve the seeds of the variety being cultivated, but also to preserve all its wild relatives. Explain with a suitable example.
Answer. Collection and preservation of all the different wild varieties, species and relatives of the cultivated species is a important for effective exploitation of natural genes available in the population. e.g., sources of resistance genes may be cultivated varieties, germplasm collections of the crop or wild relatives.
Question. Name a man-made cereal. Trace how it was developed and where is it used?
Answer. Triticale is a man-made cereal. It was developed by crossing Triticum aestivum (common wheat) and Secale cereale (European rye).
Triticale seed grain is being used in some parts of the world as a wheat substituted.
Question.Fill in the blanks.
Question. A few statements are given below followed by a set of terms in a box. Pick the correct term and write it against the appropriate statement
(a) Mating of closely related individuals within the (i) Cross breeding
(b) Mating of animals of same breed but having no (ii) Inter-specific hybridisation
common ancestors on either side for
(c) Mating of animals of two different species. (iii) Outbreeding
(d) Breeding of animals belonging to different breeds. (iv) Outcrossing
Answer. (a) Mating of closely related individuals within the same breed is called inbreeding.
(b) Mating of animals of same breed but having no common ancestors on either side for 4-6 generations is called outbreeding.
(c) Mating of animals of two different species is called interspecific hybridisation.
(d) Breeding of animals belonging to different breeds is called cross-breeding.
Question. What is meant by ‘hidden hunger’?
Answer. Consumption of food deficient in nutrients particularly, micronutrients, proteins and vitamins is called ‘hidden hunger’.
Question. Why are plants obtained by protoplast culture called somatic hybrids?
Answer. Plants obtained by protoplast culture are called somatic hybrids because they are formed by the fusion of isolated protoplasts from two different varieties of plants, each having a
desirable character, to obtain a hybrid protoplast which can be further grown to form a plant.
Question. What is protoplast fusion?
Answer. The ability of protoplasts obtained from two different cells to fuse and form a hybrid
protoplast is called protoplast fusion.
Question. Why is it easier to culture meristems compared to permanent tissues?
Answer. Meristems have the capacity to divide continuously throughout their life. Their walls are thin and elastic to facilitate the division, hence are suitable for tissue culture.Permanent cells lose their ability to divide and their walls are thick. They have to differentiate to divide, hence are not easier to culture.
Question. Why are proteins synthesised from Spirulina called single cell proteins?
Answer. Single cell proteins are proteins obtained from unicellular organisms/microorganisms.Spirulina is one such unicellular microbe. So, the proteins synthesised by Spirulina are called single cell proteins.
Question. A person who is allergic to pulses was advised to take a capsule of Spirulina daily. Give the reasons for the advise.
Answer. The person with allergies to pulses is advised to take Spirulina daily due to the following reasons
(i) It could be a substitute for protein rich pulses.
(ii) Spirulina is rich in beta-carotene and anti-oxidants besides all essential amino acids that help in improving the allergic symptoms appeared due to consumption of pulses.
Question. What is aquaculture? Give example of an animal that can be multiplied by aquaculture.
Answer. When culturing of aquatic plants and animals is done in freshwater bodies, it is called aquaculture.
Examples of animals that can be multiplied by aquaculture are
Finfish — Tilapia, Carp, Catfish, etc.
Shellfish — Shrimps, Oysters, etc
Question. What are the duties of a veterinary doctor in management of a poultry farm?
Answer. A veterinary doctor has to ensure proper and safe farm conditions to keep the animals disease-free and treat them appropriately if diseased.
Question. Would it be wrong to call plants obtained through micro-propagation as ‘clones’? Comment.
Answer. No, it is not wrong to call plants obtained through micro-propagation as clones because each of these plants will be genetically identical to each other and the parent plant.
Question. How is a somatic hybrid different from a hybrid?
Answer. Somatic hybrids are obtained by uniting protoplasts from two different varieties of plants and then further cultured to form a novel plant. Compatibility between two plants is not a limitation. Any two protoplasts can be united.Whereas, hybrids are obtained by crossing two selected parent plants of opposite sex. Many times compatibility is a limitation for breeding.
Question. What is emasculation? Why and when is it done?
Answer. Removal of stamens from the bisexual flower that is used as a female parent in plant hybridisation is called emasculation. This is done to avoid unwanted self-pollination. This has to be done at bud condition before the anthers dehisce.
Question. Discuss the two main limitations of plant hybridisation programme.
Answer. The limitations of plant hybridisation programme include
(i) Availability of a limited number of identified disease resistant genes that are present in various crop varieties or wild relatives.
(ii) Compatibility of parents.
(iii) Time consuming and tedious process.
Question. Interspecific crosses are rare in nature and intergeneric crosses almost unknown. Why?
Answer. In interspecific crosses, male and female animals of two different related species are mated. In some cases, the progeny may combine desirable features of both the parents,
and may be of considerable economic value, e.g., the mule.
An interspecific hybrid’s fertility varies. Many of Panthera (ligers, tigons leopons etc.) hybrid males are infertile, while the female counterparts can breed with the species she contains
(female ligers can breed with a lion or a tiger to produce li-ligers or ti-tigers). These are rare in nature.
Intergeneric hybridisation is the crossing of two different animals/plants of different genus. It is almost unknown in nature. Intergeneric hybrids more or less never form complete zygotes/embryos. These are sterile/infertile.
Question. Differentiate between pisciculture and aquaculture.
Answer. Fish farming in isolated water bodies is called pisciculture.
Similarly, when culturing of aquatic plants and animals is done in freshwater bodies, it is called aquaculture.
Question. Give two important contribution of Dr. MS Swaminathan.
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Green revolution which was responsible for not merely meeting the national requirement in food production but also helped us to export it. It was due to the initiative taken by Dr. MS Swaminathan in collaboration with Dr. N. Borlaug.
Answer. Contributions of Dr. MS Swaminathan are as follows
(i) Introduction of short, high yielding varieties of wheat in India.
(ii) Development of short duration, high yielding varieties of rice.
Question. The term ‘desirable trait’ can mean different things for different plants.
Justify the statement with suitable examples.
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Plant breeding is the purposeful manipulation of plant species in order to create plants with desirable traits.
Answer. The desirable trait can be different for different for different plants. The breeders have tried to incorporate these into crop plants. The list may be as follows
(i) Increased tolerance to environmental stress (salinity, extreme temperature, drought) e.g., hybrid maize, jowar and bajra which are resistant to water stess.
(ii) Resistance to pathogens (viruses, fungi and bacteria) e.g., moong bean (resistance to yellow mosaic virus and powdery mildew).
(iii) Increased tolerance to insect pests. e.g., a new variety of Brassica (rapeseed mustard) is resistant to aphids.
(iv) High-yielding and improved quality of crop plant. e.g., Atlas 66 used as a donor for developing wheat varieties with improved protein content.
Short Answer Type Questions
Question. You are planning to set up a dairy farm. Describe the various aspects you would consider before you start the venture.
Answer. The following aspects are required to be considered
(i) Good breeds with high-yielding potenital should be kept.
(ii) Cattle should be fed in scientific manner with good quality and quantity of fodder.
(iii) Animal shed should be kept clean, away from dirt and pollution.
(iv) Cattle and handler should be kept in hygienic condition.
(v) Regular visit by veterinary doctors with proper record is needed.
(vi) Cattle should be housed well with adequate water and conditions should be disease-free.
Question. It is said, that diseases are spreading faster due to globalisation and increased movement of people. Justify the statement taking the example of H 5N1 virus.
Answer. The avian flu (bird flu) is a current and significant issue involving the global environment as well as the health of millions of people around the world. The H N 5 1 virus (influenza-A) occurs mainly in birds, is highly contagious among them and can be deadly.
The major global environmental issue that plays a large role in the advancement of the H N 5 1 avian influenza virus is globalisaiton. i.e., increasing integration of countries.
Through globalisation, the progression of the H N 5 1 avian influenza virus occur through the world at a pace faster than scientists can anticipate, and also technology and research cannot possibly keep up. Globalisation will give theH N 5 1 avian influenza virus an opportunity to travel to various parts of the world without impediment.
Once, it has developed the ability to spread easily from human to human, the major concern becomes the travel of individuals around the world, particularly air travel. Through air travel,an infected individual could infect dozens of people during their movement, those newly infected individuals would in turn, infect dozens more, and so on and so forth.
Question. Explain the concept of the blue revolution.
Answer. The term ‘Blue Revolution’ refers to the remarkable emergence of aquaculture as an important and highly productive agricultural activity.
Aquaculture refers to all forms of active culturing of aquatic animals (including fish) and plants, occuring in marine, brackish or freshwater.
Question. A farmer was facing the problem of low yield from his farm. He was advised to keep a beehive in the vicinity. Why? How would the beehive help in enhancing yield?
Answer. Bee keeping or apiculture is an important enterprise of agriculture concerned with the maintenance of hives of honeybees for the commercial production of honey and wax. Bee keeping is a low investment, less problematic and highly profitable cottage industry.
The beehives when kept in the fields of sunflower, Brassica, apple and pear, increase the pollination efficiency of flowering plants and improve the yields.
Question. Life style diseases are increasing alarmingly in India. We are also dealing with large scale malnutrition in the population. Is there any method by which we can address both of these problems together?
Answer. To address both these problems biofortification can be done. This area focuses at improving food quality with respect to protein, oil, vitamin, micronutrient and mineral content. The oils need to be rich in omega 3 fatty acids which are good for heart.
Similarly, proteins should have more of lysine and tryptophan (essential amino acids). Many varieties of maize, carrots and spinach have been released which fulfill the above criteria.
Question. How can we improve the success rate of fertilisation during artificial insemination in animal husbandry programmes?
Answer. To improve chances of successful production of hybrids many means are used. One such programme is called MOET or Multiple Ovulation Embryo Transfer. During this procedure, a cow is given hormonal treatment so that more than one ovule (6-8 eggs) is produced per cycle.
After mating or artificial insemination, the embryos at 8-32 celled state are transferred to different surrogate mothers. The method has been successfully used for cattle, sheep, buffalo, etc.
Question. What is meant by germplasm collection? What are its benefits?
Answer. The collection of all the diverse alleles of all the genes of a crop plant is called germplasm collection. It is of great benefits in plant breeding programmes as it offers, to the breeders,the entire of genes and alleles and the characteristics which a plant expresses.
The breeder selects the most favourable characters of a particular gene, manipulates it and transfers to a desirable parent.
Question. Name the improved characteristics of wheat that helped India to achieve green revolution.
Answer. Improved characteristics of wheat that helped India to achieve green revolution are
(i) Semi-dwarf nature
(ii) Quick yielding feature
(iii) High yielding feature
(iv) Disease resistance
Question. Suggest some of the features of plants that will prevent insect and pest infestation.
Answer. Features of plants that will prevent insect and pest infestation are
(i) Increasing hair growth on aerial parts of plants.
(ii) Rendering the flowers nectarless.
(iii) Enabling plants to secrete insect killing chemicals (toxins).
Question. It is easier to culture plant cells in vitro as compared to animal cells.Why?
Answer. It is easier to culture the plant cells in vitro as compared to animal cells because, the plant cells have the property to grow into a new plant. This property of plant cell is termed as totipotency. This ability is limited in animal cells.
Question. The culture medium (nutrient medium) can be referred to as a ‘highly enriched laboratory soil’. Justify the statement.
Answer. Culture medium is a highly enriched laboratory soil as it provides all the necessary requirements, e.g., carbon source such as sucrose and inorganic salts, vitamins, amino acids and growth regulators like auxins and cytokinins, etc., to the growing plant.
Question. Is there any relationship between dedifferentiation and the higher degree of success achieved in plant tissue culture experiments?
Answer. Yes, When a cell dedifferentiates once, it gets regressed back to its embryonic stage and then can again differentiate into any form of tissue. So, the plant tissue culture can be more successful as any kind of tissue can be produced even from differentiated cells.
Question. Give me a living cell of any plant and I will give you a thousand plants of the same type”, Is this only a slogan or is it scientifically possible?
Write your comments and justify them.
Answer. It is scientifically possible to grow thousand plants from a living cell of any plant and this process is called micropropagation. The property of plant cells that helped them to grow into a new plant is totipotency.
Micropropagation is the use of plant cell culture to regenerate large number of plants. This results in genetically identical plants and is also called clonal propagation.
Hence, the desirable characters are kept constant for many generations. Micropropagation is widely used in forestry and in floriculture. Plants can be obtained throughout the year under controlled conditions.
Question. What is the difference between a breed and a species? Give an example for each category.
Answer. A breed is a specific group of animals or plants having homogenous appearance,behaviour and other characteristics that distinguish it from other animals or plants of the same species, e.g., Afghan shepherd, American bulldog are breeds of dog.
Species is one of the basic units of biological classification and a taxonomic rank. It can be defined as the largest group of organisms capable of interbreeding and producing fertile offspring. e.g., lion, cow, dog are species.
Question. Plants raised through tissue cultures are clones of the ‘parent’ plant.
Discuss the utility of these plants.
Answer. Plants raised through tissue culture are very useful because they are identical copy of the parent plant. This is of great use when desirable traits of the parent plant have to be maintained.
Question. Discuss the importance of testing of new plant varieties in a geographically vast country like India.
Answer. Before the new plants are generated through plant breeding programs, they need to be evaluated for their yield and other agronomic traits of quality, disease resistance, etc.
The testing is done on the farmers’ field for at least three growing seasons, at different locations in the country representing all the agroclimatic zones, where the crop is usually grown. The material is evaluated in comparison to the best available local crop cultivar known as a check or reference cultivar.
Question. Define the term ‘stress’ for plants. Discuss briefly the two types of stress encountered by plants.
Answer. Stress for plants can be defined as any external factor that negatively influences plant growth, productivity, reproductive capacity or survival. This includes a wide range of factors which can be broadly divided into abiotic or environmental stress factors like salinity, extreme temperatures, drought, etc., and biotic or biological stress factors.
Question. Discuss natural selection and artificial selection. What are the implications of the latter on the process of evolution?
Answer. Natural selection is a gradual, non-random process by which biological traits become either more or less common in a population as a function of differential reproduction of their bearers. It is a key mechanism to evolution.
In natural selection the environment acts as a sieve through which only certain variations can pass.
Artificial selection is a process in which animals and plants with desirable traits are considered by human breeders and favoured for reproduction. It is an artificial mechanism by which evolution can occur.
It is also called selective breeding as it promotes traits that suit human preferences. In contrast to natural selection, here the evolution is intentional or guided.
Question. Discuss briefly how pure lines are created in animal husbandry.
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Inbreeding increases homozygosity.
Answer. When breeding is between animals of the same breed, it is called inbreeding. If we want to evolve a pureline in any animal, inbreeding (for 4-6 generation) is necessary. It also helps in accumulation of superior genes and elimination of less desirable genes by increasing homozygosity.
Question. What are the physical barriers of a cell in the protoplast fusion experiment? How are the barriers overcome?
Answer. Cell wall is the most important physical barrier in protoplast fusion experiments. This can be overcome by treatment with enzymes like cellulase and pectinase which have the ability to digest the cell wall and liberate the naked protoplast surrounded only by the cell membrane.
Question. Give few examples of biofortified crops. What benefits do they offer to the society?
Answer. Maize, wheat, rice, bathua, spinach, pulses have biofortified varieties. Maize hybrids have twice the amount of amino acids, fortified wheat variety has high protein content, fortified rice has high quantity of iron.
Consumption of such biofortified foods will enrich the nutritive value of our common foods and will vastly improve public health.
Instead of consuming different food items for obtaining different nutrients, if 2 or 3 nutrients can be incorporated into a single crop, it would offer enormous benefits to human beings and may even help to overcome several nutrient deficiency disorders latent in our country.
Long Answer Type Questions
Question. You are a Botanist working in the area of plant breeding. Describe the various steps that you will undertake to release a new variety.
Answer. Plant breeding programmes are carried out in a systematic way world wide-in government institutions and commercial companies.
The main steps in breeding a new genetic variety of a crop are
(i) Collection of Variability Genetic variability is the root of any breeding programme. In many crops pre-existing genetic variability is available from wild relatives of the crop.
Collection and preservation of all the different wild varieties, species and relatives of the cultivated species (followed by their evaluation for their characteristics) is a pre-requisite for effective exploitation of natural genes available in the populations.
The entire collection (of plants/seeds) having all the diverse alleles for all genes in a given crop is called germplasm collection.
(ii) Evaluation and Selection of Parents The germplasm is evaluated so as to identify plants with desirable combination of` characters. The selected plants are multiplied and used in the process of hybridisation. Purelines are created wherever desirable and possible.
(iii) Cross Hybridisation Among the Selected Parents The desired characters have very often to be combined from two different plants (parents), e.g., high protein quality of one parent may need to be combined with disease resistance from another parent. This is possible by cross hybridising the two parents to produce hybrids that genetically combine the desired characters in one plant. This is a very time-consuming and tedious process since the pollen grains from the desirable plant chosen as male parent have to be collected and placed on the stigma of the flowers selected as female parent.
Also, it is not necessary that the hybrids do combine the desirable characters, usually only one in few hundred to a thousand crosses shows the desirable combination.
(iv) Selection and Testing of Superior Recombinants This step consists of selecting,among the progeny of the hybrids, those plants that have the desired character combination. The selection process is crucial to the success of the breeding objective and requires careful scientific evaluation of the progeny.
This step yields plants that are superior to both of the parents (very often more than one superior progeny plant may become available). These are self-pollinated for several generations till they reach a state of uniformity (homozygosity), so that the characters will not segregate in the progeny.
(v) Testing, Release and Commercialisation of New Cultivars The newly selected lines are evaluated for their yield and other agronomic traits of quality, disease resistance, etc.
This evaluation is done by growing these in the research fields and recording their performance under ideal fertiliser application, irrigation and other crop management practices.
The evaluation in research fields is followed by testing the materials in farmers’ fields, for at least three growing seasons at several locations in the country, representing all the agroclimatic zones when the crop is usually grown.
The material is evaluated in comparison to the best available local crop. After evaluation the variety can be relased for the farmers.
Question. (a) The shift from grain to meat diets creates more demands for cereals. Why?
(b) A 250 kg cow produces 200 g of protein per day but 250 g of Methylophillus methylotrophus can produce 25 tonnes of protein. Name this emerging area of research. Explain its benefits.
Answer. (a) The shift from grain to meat diets creates more demand for cereals as it takes 3-10 kg of
grain to produce 1 kg of meat by animal farming.
(b) This research is related to single cell protein.
Microbes are being grown on an industrial scale as a source of good protein. Microbes like Spirulina can be grown easily on materials like wastewater from potato processing plants (containing starch), straw, molasses, animal manure and even sewage, to produce large quantities and can serve as food rich in protein, minerals, fats, carbohydrate and vitamins.
Such utilisation also reduces the environmental pollution.
Question. What are the advantages of tissue culture methods over conventional method of plant breeding in crop improvement programmes?
Answer. As traditional (conventional) breeding methods failed to keep pace with demand and to sufficiently provide fast and efficient systems for crop improvement, another technology
called tissue culture developed.
The advantages of tissue culture over conventional breeding are as follows
(i) It can be used to produce large number of plantlets within a short period by micropropagation.
(ii) All cells in the culture are derived from a single explant by mitotic division, therefore all have the similar genotype and constitute a clone.
(iii) Tolerance to stress can be obtained by providing pollutants, toxins, salts, etc., in culture medium in increasing dosage. The surviving healthy cells are selected for raising resistant plants.
(iv) Virus free plantlets can be obtained by meristem culture.
(v) Embryos which do not survive inside seeds can be grown by tissue culture to form new plants.
Question. ‘Modern methods of breeding animals and plants can alleviate the global food shortage’. Comment on the statement and give suitable examples.
Answer. With ever increasing population of the world, enhancement of food production is a major necessity. Modern biological principles as applied to animal husbandry and plant breeding have a major role in our efforts to increase food production. These modern techniques include embryo transfer technology and tissue culture techniques.
Multiple Ovulation Embryo Transfer Technology (MOET) is a programme for herd improvement in animals like cattle, sheep, rabbits, buffaloes, mares, etc.
High milk-yielding breeds of female are bred with high quality meat-yielding (meat with less lipid) bulls to increase herd size. It ensures good quality of progeny. It is also economic and time saving process to obtain the desirable progeny.
The procedure for MOET is as follows
(i) A cow is administered hormones with FSH-like activity to induce follicular maturation and super-ovulation.
(ii) The cow produces 6-8 eggs instead of one egg produced normally.
(iii) It is now, either mated with an elite bull or artificial insemination is carried out.
(iv) When the fertilised eggs attain 8-32 cells stage, they are non-surgically removed and transferred to a surrogate mother.
(v) The genetic mother can now be again super ovulated.
Modern methods in plant breeding involves following
(i) Tissue culture is an in vitro technique of regeneration of a whole plant from any part of a plant (explant) by growing it on culture medium under aseptic conditions.
(ii) Biofortification is the method for developing crops with higher levels of vitamins,
minerals, proteins and healthier fats to improve public health.
(iii) Single cell protein is an alternative protein source for animal and human nutrition from certain beneficial microorganisms like Spirulina.
Question. Does apiculture offer multiple advantages to farmers? List its advantages if it is located near a place of commercial flower cultivation.
Answer. Yes, apiculture offers many advantages to farmers such as
(i) Honey produced by honeybees is a food of high nutritive value.
(ii) It is used in the indigenous system of medicine.
(iii) Honeybee also produces beeswax, which is used in the preparation of cosmetics and polishes of various kinds.
If apiculture is done near a place of commercial flower cultivation it offers several advantages. Bees are the pollinators of many crop species such as sunflower, Brassica,apple and pear. Keeping beehives in crop fields during flowering period
(i) Increases pollination efficiency.
(ii) Improves the yield which is beneficial both from the point of view of crop yield and honey yield.
Question. (a) Mutations are beneficial for plant breeding. Taking an example, justify the statement.
(b) Discuss briefly the technology that made us self-sufficient in food production.
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Mutation is the process by which genetic variations are created through changes in the base sequence within genes resulting in the creation of a new character or trait not found in the parental type.
Answer. (a) It is possible to induce mutations artificially in plants through use of chemicals or radiations (like gamma radiations), and then selecting and using those plants that have
the desirable character as a source in breeding.
This process is called mutation breeding. In mung bean, resistance to yellow mosaic virus and powdery mildew was induced by mutations.
(b) Traditional farming can only yield a limited biomass, as food for humans and animals.
Better management practices and increase in agricultural land area can increase yield,but only to a limited extent. Plant breeding as a technology has helped increase production to avery large extent.
Plant breeding is the purposeful manipulation of plant species in order to create desired plant types that are better suited for cultivation, give better yields and are disease resistant.
This technology has given support to green revolution, which was responsible for not merely meeting the national requirements in food production, but also helped us to export it.
Question. Discuss how the property of plant cell totipotency has been utilised for plant propagation and improvement.
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The property of plant cells that helped them to grow into a new plant is totipotency. The production of healthy plantlet by rapid vegetative multiplication is done under aseptic and controlled conditions.
Answer. Plant cell totipotency can be utilised for plant propagation and improvement
(i) By application of these methods it is possible to achieve propagation of a large number of plants in very short time. Plants like tomato, banana, apple, etc., have been produced on commercial scale.
(ii) Healthy plants can be recovered from diseased plants (by micropropagation). This is done by removing the meristem, which is disease—free and growing it in vitro. This has been done in banana, sugarcane potato, etc.
Question. What are three options to increase food production? Discuss each giving the salient features, merits and demerits.
Answer. Traditional farming can only yield a limited biomass as food for humans and animals.
Better management practices and increase agricultural land can increase yield, but only to a limited extent.
Following are the three options to increase food production
(a) Single Cell Protein
The biomass obtained from microorganisms can be treated or processed in industry to be used as food and is called single cell protein.
Merits of Single Cell Proteins
(i) Its production reduces pollution as it uses organic wastes and industrial effluents.
(ii) It provides a protein-rich diet.
(iii) It fulfills the demand of protein for human diet and takes off the pressure on agriculture system.
Demerits of Single Cell Protein
(i) Sometimes the microbial biomass when taken as diet supplement may lead to allergic reactions.
(ii) Many types of microorganisms produce substances which are toxic to the humans and also to the animals.
It is the method for developing crops with higher levels of vitamins, minerals proteins and healthier fats to improve public health.
Merits of Biofortification
(i) It can increase yields grown on the same or less acreage.
(ii) It can potentially improve nutritional value or other health benefits.
Demerits of Biofortification
(i) Its successful implementation into society requires safe delivery systems, stable policies, appropriate social infrastructures.
(ii) It continued by financial support also.
It is an in vitro technique for regeneration of a whole plant from any part of a plant by growing it on culture medium under aseptic conditions.
Merits of Tissue Culture
(i) A large number of plants can be grown in short time.
(ii) Disease-free plants can be multiplied.
(iii) Seedless plants can be multiplied
(iv) The plants where sexual reproduction is absent may undergo somatic hybridisation.
Demerits of Tissue Culture
(i) It requires great expense because it needs latest techniques in the laboratory.
(ii) It requires acclimatisation of plants grown by tissue culture to the external environment.
(iii) It requires special expertise.