2b) Variety of Living Organisms

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describe the common features shared by organisms within the following main groups: plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, protoctists and viruses, and for each group describe examples and their features as follows (details of life cycle and economic importance are not required)



-their cells contain chloroplasts and are able to carry out photosynthesis

-their cells have cellulose cell walls

-they store carbohydrates as starch or sucrose

Examples include flowering plants, such as a cereal (for example maize), and a herbaceous legume (for example peas or beans)



-their cells do not contain chloroplasts and are not able to carry out photosynthesis

-they have no cell walls

-they usually have nervous coordination and are able to move from one place to another

-they often store carbohydrate as glycogen

Examples include mammals (for example humans) and insects (for example housefly and mosquito)


-are not able to carry out photosynthesis

-their body is usually organised into a mycelium made from thread-like structures called


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