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Prokaryotic cells have a variety of shapes

The three most common of which are spheres (cocci), rods (bacilli), and spirals

1 µm (a) Spherical (cocci)

2 µm (b) Rod-shaped (bacilli)

(c) Spiral

5 µm

Cell-Surface Structures

One of the most important features of nearly all prokaryotic cells

Is their cell wall, which maintains cell shape, provides physical protection, and prevents the cell from bursting in a hypotonic environment


Using a technique called the Gram stain

Cell wall

Peptidoglycan layer

Scientists can classify many bacterial species into two groups based on cell wall composition, Gram-positive and Gramnegative
Lipopolysaccharide Outer membrane Cell wall Peptidoglycan layer Plasma membrane Protein Gramnegative bacteria 20 µm

Plasma membrane

Protein Grampositive bacteria


Gram-positive. Gram-positive bacteria have a cell wall with a large amount of peptidoglycan that traps the violet dye in the cytoplasm. The alcohol rinse does not remove the violet dye, which masks the added red dye.

Gram-negative. Gram-negative bacteria have less peptidoglycan, and it is located in a layer between the plasma membrane and an outer membrane. The violet dye is easily rinsed from the cytoplasm, and the cell appears pink or red after the red dye is added.

The cell wall of many prokaryotes

Is covered by a capsule, a sticky layer of polysaccharide or protein
200 nm



Some prokaryotes have fimbriae and sex pili
 

Fimbriae allow them to stick to their substrate or other individuals in a colony Sex pili allow two bacteria to join and exchange DNA during conjugation



200 nm

Most motile bacteria propel themselves by flagella


Which are structurally and functionally different from eukaryotic flagella
Flagellum Filament 50 nm Cell wall Hook Basal apparatus


Plasma membrane

The typical prokaryotic genome

Is a ring of DNA that is not surrounded by a membrane and that is located in a nucleoid region


1 µm

Many prokaryotes form endospores

Which can remain viable in harsh conditions for centuries

0.3 µm


Major nutritional modes in prokaryotes


Prokaryotic metabolism also varies with respect to oxygen

Three types of oxygen metabolism

Obligate aerobes

Require oxygen Can survive with or without oxygen Are poisoned by oxygen

Facultative anaerobes

Obligate anaerobes



Single-celled Eukaryotes (mostly)

Overview: A World in a Drop of Water
• Even a low-power microscope
– Can reveal an astonishing menagerie of organisms in a drop of pond water

Figure 28.1

50 µm

Protists, the most nutritionally diverse of all eukaryotes, include
– Photoautotrophs, which contain chloroplasts – Heterotrophs, which absorb organic molecules or ingest larger food particles – Mixotrophs, which combine photosynthesis and heterotrophic nutrition


Chlorohyta phacus

Protist habitats are also diverse in habitat
• And including freshwater and marine species

There is now considerable evidence
• That much of protist diversity has its origins in endosymbiosis

Diversity of plastids produced by secondary endosymbiosis

Objectives 24.7 and 24.8 will be covered in a class project

Plasmodial Slime Molds
• Many species of plasmodial slime molds
– Are brightly pigmented, usually yellow or orange
4 cm


At one point in the life cycle
– They form a mass called a plasmodium
1 The feeding stage is a multinucleate plasmodium that lives on organic refuse. 2 The plasmodium takes a weblike form. 3 The plasmodium erects stalked fruiting bodies (sporangia) when conditions become harsh.

Feeding plasmodium Zygote (2n) SYNGAMY

Mature plasmodium (preparing to fruit) Young sporangium 1 mm

Amoeboid cells (n) Germinating spore

Mature sporangium Spores (n) MEIOSIS Stalk Key Haploid (n) Diploid (2n)

Flagellated cells (n) 7 The cells unite in pairs (flagellated with flagellated and amoeboid with amoeboid), forming diploid zygotes. 6 These cells are either amoeboid or flagellated; the two forms readily convert from one to the other.

5 The resistant spores disperse through the air to new locations and germinate, becoming active haploid cells when conditions are favorable.

4 Within the bulbous tips of the sporangia, meiosis produces haploid spores.


Cellular Slime Molds
• Cellular slime molds form multicellular aggregates
– In which the cells remain separated by their membranes


• The life cycle of Dictyostelium, a cellular slime mold
1 In the feeding 9 In a favorable environment, amoebas stage of the life emerge from the spore cycle, solitary haploid coats and begin feeding. amoebas engulf bacteria. 8 Spores are released. 7 Other cells crawl up the stalk and develop into spores.
600 µm

2 During sexual reproduction, two haploid amoebas fuse and form a zygote.

SYNGAMY Emerging Spores amoeba (n) Solitary amoebas (feeding stage) ASEXUAL REPRODUCTION Aggregated amoebas Migrating aggregate


Zygote (2n)

3 The zygote becomes a giant cell (not shown) by consuming haploid amoebas. After developing a resistant wall, the giant cell undergoes meiosis followed by several mitotic divisions.

Fruiting bodies

4 The resistant wall ruptures, releasing new haploid amoebas. 5 When food is depleted, hundreds of amoebas congregate in response to a chemical attractant and form a sluglike aggregate (photo below left). Aggregate formation is the beginning of asexual reproduction. Key
200 µm

6 The aggregate migrates for a while and then stops. Some of the cells dry up after forming a stalk that supports an asexual fruiting body.


Haploid (n) Diploid (2n)

Fun gi

Also pronounced “fun guy”

Mig hty Mu sh r ooms
 Are diverse and widespread  Are essential for the well-being of most terrestrial ecosystems because they break down organic material and recycle vital nutrients

T he O rig in o f Fungi
  Molecular evidence
 Supports the hypothesis that fungi and animals diverged from a common ancestor Before the colonization of land by multicellular organisms

Fungi probably evolved

Fossi l Evi dence
 The oldest undisputed fossils of fungi
 Are only about 460 million years old

Nu trit ion a nd Fungal Lif est yle s
 Fungi are heterotrophs (consumers)
 But do not ingest their food

 Fungi secrete
 exoenzymes that break down complex molecules and then they absorb the remaining smaller compounds as nutrients.


 Fungi exhibit diverse lifestyles
 Decomposers  Parasites  Mutualistic symbionts


Ba sid io mycetes
 Decomposers
(b) Maiden veil fungus (Dictyphora), a fungus with an odor like rotting meat

 Breakdown organic material using enzymes to obtain nutrients

(a) Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), a common species in conifer forests in the northern hemisphere

(d) Puffballs emitting spores (c) Shelf fungi, important decomposers of wood

24.10-11 24.14

 About 30% of known fungal species
 Are parasites, mostly on or in plants

24.10-11 24.14

(a) Corn smut on corn

(b) Tar spot fungus on maple leaves

(c) Ergots on rye

Lic hens

(m utu alis tic )

 Are a symbiotic association of millions of photosynthetic microorganisms held in a mass of fungal hyphae

(a) A fruticose (shrub-like) lichen

24.10-11 24.14

(b) A foliose (leaf-like) lichen

(c) Crustose (crust-like) lichens

Bo dy St r uctu r e
 The morphology of multicellular fungi
 Enhances their ability to absorb nutrients from their surroundings
Reproductive structure. The mushroom produces tiny cells called spores. Hyphae. The mushroom and its subterranean mycelium are a continuous network of hyphae.

Spore-producing structures

20 µm


Fungi c onsist o f
 Mycelia, networks of branched hyphae adapted for absorption  Most fungi have cell walls made of chitin
(polysaccharide - also found in the exoskeleton of many insects and arthropods)


Network of Hyphae

Fungi p ropa ga te themsel ves 

By producing vast numbers of spores, either sexually or asexually


Many f ungi t ha t can r epr oduce ase xuall y
 Grow as mold, sometimes on fruit, bread, and other foods

2.5 µm


Ot her ase xual f ungi ar e yeasts
 That inhabit moist environments  Which reproduce by simple cell division
10 µm

Parent cell



Fungus- Animal Symb iosis
 Some fungi share their digestive services with animals
 Helping break down plant material in the guts of cows and other grazing mammals


 Humans eat many fungi

Pr actic al Use s o f Fungi
 And use others to make cheeses, alcoholic beverages, and bread

Tuber melanosporum is a truffle, an ascocarp that grows underground and emits strong odors. These ascocarps have been dug up and the middle one sliced open.


The edible ascocarp of Morchella esculenta, the succulent morel, is often found under trees in orchards.

Antibiotics pr oduced by fungi
 Treat bacterial infections
Staphylococcus Penicillium

Zone of inhibited growth


Fair y Ri ngs
 Folklore holds that fairy rings are doors into the fairies' world, transporting people to other places or making people appear in the same place in a different time.

Extra Credit – write 1/2 page describing how fairy rings form

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