B2.2.1 ANIMAL ORGANS
a) Large multicellular organisms develop systems for exchanging materials. During the development of a multicellular organism, cells differentiate so that they can perform different functions.
b) A tissue is a group of cells with similar structure and function. Examples of these tissues include:
MUSCULAR TISSUE which can contract to bring about movement, GLANDULAR TISSUE which can produce substances such as enzymes and hormones and EPITHELIAL TISSUE which covers some parts of the body.
c) Organs are made of tissues. One organ may contain several tissues. The stomach is an organ that contains: MUSCULAR TISSUE to churn the contents, GLANDULAR TISSUE to produce digestive juices and EPITHELIAL TISSUE to cover the outside and the inside of the stomach.
d) Organ systems are groups of organs that perform a particular function. The digestive system is one example of a system in which humans and other mammals exchange substances with the environment. The digestive system includes: GLANDS, such as the pancreas and salivary glands, which produce digestive juices, the STOMACH and SMALL INTESTINE where digestion occurs, the LIVER which produces bile, the SMALL INTESTINE where the absorption of soluble food occurs and the LARGE INTESTINE where water is absorbed from the undigested food, producing faeces.
B2.2.2 PLANT ORGANS
a) Plant organs include stems, roots and leaves.
b) Examples of plant tissues include:
- epidermal tissues, which cover the plant
- mesophyll, which carries out photosynthesis
- xylem and phloem, which transport substances around the plant.