Notes Chapter 15 Plant Growth and Development

Class 11 students can refer to Chapter 15 Plant Growth and Development given below which is an important chapter in the class 11 Biology book. These notes and important questions and answers have been prepared based on the latest CBSE and NCERT syllabus and books issued for the current academic year. Our team of Biology teachers has prepared these notes for class 11 Biology for the benefit of students so that you can read these revision notes and understand each topic carefully.

Plant Growth and Development Notes Class 11 Biology

Refer to the notes and important questions given below for Plant Growth and Development which is really useful and has been recommended by Class 11 Biology teachers. Understanding the concepts in detail and then solving questions by yourself will help you to learn all topics given in your NCERT Books.


  • Root, stem, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds arise in orderly manner in plants. The sequence of growth is as follows-
  • Plants complete their vegetative phase to move into reproductive phase in which flower and fruits are formed for continuation of life cycle of plant.
  • Development is the sum of two processes growth and differentiation. Intrinsic and extrinsic factors control the process of growth and development in plants.
Notes Chapter 15 Plant Growth and Development
  • Growth is a permanent or irreversible increase in dry weight, size, mass or volume of cell, organ or organism. It is internal or intrinsic in living beings.
  • In plants growth is accomplished by cell division, increase in cell number and cell enlargement. So, growth is a quantitative phenomenon which can be measured in relation to time.
  • Plant growth is generally indeterminate due to capacity of unlimited growth throughout the life. Meristem tissues are present at the certain locality of plant body.
  • The plant growth in which new cells are always being added to plant body due to meristem is called open form of growth.
  • Root apical meristem and shoot apical meristem are responsible for primary growth and elongation of plant body along the axis.
  • Intercalary meristem located at nodes produce buds and new branches in plants.
Notes Chapter 15 Plant Growth and Development

Growth is measurable

At cellular level, growth is the increase in amount of protoplasm. It is difficult to measure the increase in amount of protoplasm but increase in cell, cell number and cell size can be measured.

The parameter used to measure growth is increase in fresh weight, dry weight, length,area, and volume and cell number. All parameters are not used for every kind of growth.

Formative phase is also called as the phase of cell formation or cell division. It occurs at root apex, shoot apex and other region having meristematic tissue. The rate of respiration is very high in the cells undergoing mitosis division in formative phase.

Phase of Enlargement- newly formed cells produced in formative phase undergo enlargement. Enlarging cells also develops vacuoles that further increase the volume of cell. Cell enlargement occurs in all direction with maximum elongation in conducting tissues and fibres.

Notes Chapter 15 Plant Growth and Development

Phase of maturation- the enlarged cells develops into special or particular type of cells by undergoing structural and physiological differentiation.

Growth Rate- increase in growth per unit time is called growth rate. Growth rate may be arithmetic or geometrical.

Arithmetic Growth- the rate of growth is constant and increase in growth occurs in arithmetic progression- 2,4,6,8 ……. It is found in root and shoot elongation.
Lt = L0 + rt
Length after time = length at beginning + growth rate x time.

Notes Chapter 15 Plant Growth and Development

Geometric Growth- here initial growth is slow and increase rapidly thereafter. Every cell divides. The daughter cells grow and divide and the granddaughter cells that result into exponential growth.
Geometrical growth is common in unicellular organisms when growing in nutrient rich medium.

Notes Chapter 15 Plant Growth and Development

Sigmoid growth curve consists of fast dividing exponential phase and stationary phase. It is typical of most living organisms in their natural environment.

Exponential growth can be represented as follows-
W1 =W0ert. W1 = final size, W0 = initial size, r = growth rate, t = time of growth and e is the base of natural logarithms (2.71828).

Quantitative comparison between the growth of living system can be made by

1. Measurement and comparison of total growth per unit time is called the absolute rate.

2. The growth of given system per unit time expressed on a common basis is called relative growth rate.

Condition for growth

  • Necessary condition for growth includes water, oxygen and essential elements. Water is required for cell enlargement and maintaining turgidity. Water also provide medium for enzymatic conditions.
  • Protoplasm formation requires water and micro and macronutrients and act as source of energy.
  • Optimal temperature and other environmental conditions are also essential for growth of the plant.
  • Cells produced by apical meristem become specialized to perform specific function.
  • This act of maturation is called differentiation.
  • The living differentiated cells that have lost ability of division can regain the capacity of division. This phenomenon is called dedifferentiation. For example interfascicular
  • cambium and cork cambium.
  • Dedifferentiated cells mature and lose the capacity of cell division again to perform specific functions. This process is called redifferentiation.

It is the sequence of events that occur in the life history of cell, organ or organism which includes seed germination, growth, differentiation, maturation, flowering, seed formation and senescence.

Notes Chapter 15 Plant Growth and Development

Sequence of development process in plant cell

Different structures develop in different phases of growth as well as in response to environment. The ability to change under the influence of internal or external stimuli is called plasticity. Heterophylly in cotton plant is the example of plasticity.

Plant Growth Regulators are simple molecules of diverse chemical composition which may be indole compounds, adenine derivatives or derivatives of carotenoids.

  • Auxin was isolated by F.W. Went from tips of coleoptiles of oat seedlings.
  • The ‘bakane disease’ of rice seedlings is caused by fungal pathogen Gibberella fujikuroi. E. Kurosawa found that this disease is caused due to presence of Gibberellin.
  • Skoog and Miller identified and crystallized the cytokinesis, promoting active substance called kinetin.
Notes Chapter 15 Plant Growth and Development

Auxin- was first isolated from human urine. It is commonly indole-3-acetic acid (IAA). It is generally produced at stem and root apex and migrate to site of action.

1. Cell enlargement.
2. Apical dominance
3. Cell division
4. Inhibition of abscission
5. Induce Parthenocarpy

Gibberellins- are promotery PGR found in more than 100 forms named as GA1, GA2,GA3….GA100 . The most common one is GA3 (Gibberellic Acid).

1. Cell elongation.
2. Breaking of dormancy.
3. Early maturity
4. Seed germination.

Cytokinins- the plant growth hormone is basic in nature. Most common forms include kinetin, zeatin, etc. They are mainly synthesized in roots.

1. Cell division and cell differentiation.
2. Essential for tissue culture.
3. Overcome apical dominance.
4. Promote nutrient mobilisation.

Ethylene – it is a gaseous hormone which stimulates transverse or isodiametric growth but retards the longitudinal one.

1. Inhibition of longitudinal growth.
2. Fruit ripening
3. Senescence
4. Promote apical dominance

Abscisic Acid – it is also called stress hormone or dormin. It acts as a general plant growth inhibitor. Abscisic acid is produced in the roots of the plant and terminal buds at the top of plant.
1. Bud dormancy
2. Leaf senescence
3. Induce Parthenocarpy
4. Seed development and maturation.

Photoperiodism- the effect of photoperiods or day duration of light hours on the growth and development of plant, especially flowering is called Photoperiodism. On the basis of photoperiodic response, flowering plants have been divided into the following categories-

1. Short Day Plants- they flower when photoperiod is below a critical period (continuous duration of light which must not be exceeded in short day plants and should always be
exceeded in long day plants in order to bring them flower). Example- Xanthium, Rice,Sugarcane, Potato etc.

2. Long Day Plants- these plants flower when they receive long photoperiod of light, greater than critical period. Example- Radish, Barley, Lettuce.

3. Day Neutral Plants – the plant can blossom throughout the year. Example- Bean, Wild Kidney.

Vernalisation- is the process of shortening of the juvenile or vegetative phase and hastening of flowering by cold treatment. The stimulus of Vernalisation is perceived by meristematic cells.

Vernalisation helps in shortening of vegetative period of plant and brings about early flowering.
It is applicable to temperate plants like Wheat, Rice, Millets, etc.

Notes Chapter 15 Plant Growth and Development

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