Short answer: (1-3 pages each question)
1. Explain the difference between animals that are regulators and those that are conformers.
Give 2 examples
Feedback control is how animals manage their internal environment when they
are exposed to certain environments. Regulator animals use its internal mechanisms to
control the internal change of its body when they are exposed to the fluctuated
temperatures of the environment. With that being said, animals that are regulator would
keep their temperature relative the same and independently across the wide range of the
environment temperature. On the other hand, conformer animals are animals that allow
their internal condition to change with certain environment.
One example of a regulator is a Ruby - throated hummingbird. The hummingbirds
as they fly to the north, for example, central Florida to avoid the winter seasons.As they
fly from a cold place to a mild temperature habitat, even the environment temperatures
are fluctuated, the hummingbirds body temperature don’t change, or if it changes, only a
one or two degree Celsius.Another example is a river otter, which as it moves from one
river to another, although the temperature of these rivers may fluctuate, their body
temperature would stay the same or increase just one or two degree Celsius.
An example of a conformer is spider crabs. These crabs allow their internal
temperature to conform to their ocean environment. Many invertebrates are conformers.
Another example is the starfish.As they live in the ocean, their body temperature is low
as the ocean’s cool. But as they live in the sand, they absorb heat from the sun, and their
body temperature increases.
Homeostasis is the way to maintenance the internal balance, which largely relies
on negative feedback. For example, when a conformer animal goes from a hot area to a
cooler area, their control center send out a stimulus tells them that their body needs heat
to a particular set point, in this case is the conformer body temperature. The heat would
then produce to warm up their body. Similarly, after a long mile run, our body increases
due to the heat produced and we experience sweating.As we sweat, our moisture
evaporates which cools our body down and eventually set the body temperature back to
set point. 2. Explain the four processes by which heat is exchanged with the environment
4 processes in which heat is exchanged with the environment are radiation,
evaporation, convection and conduction.As known, heat is always flow from high
temperature to lower temperature. Conduction is a direct transfer of heat by thermal
motion. Evaporation is the process of losing heat as a liquid converted to a gas.As the air
or water molecule move past a surface, said a pond, heat is losing and that is called
convection. Radiation is a form of heat loss from one object to another without physically
Conduction is the heat lost from an organism to its environment through a thermal
direct transfer. For example, when we first jump on to the treadmill during winter time
and touch the handles of the treadmill, we feel the sudden cold. That is because the heat
from our body transfer to that cold treadmill handles. Evaporation is a heat loss from the
surface of a liquid or air. For instance, you have an outdoor pool and during a summer
time, the temperature on a surface of the water is too hot and need to cool down. Water on
the pool would evaporate and the heat is said to be lost.
Convection is heat loss to the air or liquid from a surface. For example, after
exercise too much and we feel hot that we want to cool off ourselves immediately;
therefore we turn on a fan or an air conditioner.As the airflow over our skin, we feel a
breeze which contributes to heat loss to the environment. Radiation is when a heat loss
through distance. For example, as we driving we can feel the radiated heat from the
mirror that absorb from the sun. We absorb that heat radiating and in return emit a smaller
amount of energy to the surrounding air. 3. Describe the mechanism of homeostasis and give an example of negative and positive
The mechanisms of homeostasis are regulation of blood pressure, regulation of
pH and regulation of blood glucose levels. One mechanism of homeostasis is the
regulation of blood glucose levels. We each have a certain set point, which is a particular
value, in this case is a certain amount of sugar need in our body for us to function
properly.After each meal, our blood glucose level goes up depending on how much food
that we eat. Insulin would then come and stimulate glucose out of the blood and put that
into the cell as storage, or glycogen. This is an example of a negative feedback.
As we don’t eat breakfast in the morning may be because we forget or because we
are late, after few hours, our blood glucose level drops and we may faint. To get this back
to a set point, a control center generates output that triggers a response, and glucagon
would be secretes to break down glycogen, which is the stored glucose and release that
glucose into the blood so that the blood level can be back to a set point. This is an
example of positive feedback.
Although as the blood sugar drops and we may take candies or something gluten
to eat, it would take couple minutes for the glucose to be back to a set point.And if we
skip breakfast too often, our homeostasis is altered and would keep altered until it reset to
the set point, which means until we eat proper breakfast every morning. 4. Plant have an immune system is a bit shocking. Explain?
Surprisingly, plants like most animals have organs and an immune system. Cells
made up tissues which then made organs or organ system. There are 3 types of tissues:
dermal, ground, and vascular. Dermal tissues are called epidermis, which discover by
cuticle, their job is to prevent water loss. Vascular, also called stele, they carry out long-
distance transport of materials between the roots and shoot systems. Within the stele
tissue is a complex conducting tissue that consist primarily of the xylem and phloem.
Xylem conducts water and dissolved minerals upward from roots into the shoots. Phloem
transport sugars and food product from the leaves to where they are needed, usually roots
and developing leaves or fruits. The ground tissue, which support and give thickness to
stem and root, has specialized cells that can function in multiple things from storage,
photosynthesis to support.
Plants don’t have complex organs that each organ does their own job as in
animals. Therefore when their immune system gets affected by biotic and abiotic factors,
plants must defense back by their cell walls, epidermis, etc. These substances besides
providing protection for the plants they also give the plants rigidity and thick, stronger.
Plants’interaction with the environment often bring beneficial or harmful to them and in
the environment where plants are easily infected by pathogens and herbivores, plants use
their defense systems to deter herbivores and combat pathogens.
In any environment, the plants faced stress