Nutrition in Plants Questions and Answers Class 7

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 1 Nutrition in Plants is a comprehensive guide to help students understand the fundamental concepts of plant nutrition. This chapter discusses the different modes of nutrition in plants, such as autotrophic and heterotrophic nutrition, and the process of photosynthesis. The solutions provided in this chapter cover all the important topics, making it easier for students to prepare for their exams and improve their overall understanding of the subject.

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 1 Nutrition in Plants Questions and Answers

Q1. Why do organisms need to take food?

Ans: Organisms need to take food for the following purposes:

1. Food provides energy for movements. ex. walking and running.

2. Food helps in the growth of organisms.

3. Food also helps in repairing damaged tissue.

Q2. Distinguish between a parasite and a saprotroph.


Parasite Saprotrophs 
(i) Parasites feed on a host.(i) Saprotrophs eat dead and decaying organisms.
(ii) The organism on which a parasite life is called a host.(ii) they do not live on a host organism.

Q3. How would you test the presence of starch in leaves?

Ans. We can test the presence of stars in leave by performing an iodine test.

To perform the iodine test we have to do the following steps:

1. remove the chlorophyll present in the leaves by boiling it in alcohol.

2. put 1 to 2 drops of iodine solution.

3. If the leaf’s colour changes to blue, it indicates the presence of starch.

Q4. Give a brief description of the process of synthesis of food in green plants.

Ans: In plants, food is prepared by the leaves. 

the process by which leaves prepare food is called photosynthesis.

During photosynthesis, chlorophyll-containing cells of leaves, in the presence of sunlight, use carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) to synthesise carbohydrates. The process can be represented in an equation:

Q5. Show with the help of a sketch that plants are the ultimate source of food.


photosynthesis diagram for class 7

Q6. Fill in the blanks:

(a) Green plants are called ………… since they synthesise their own food.

(b) The food synthesised by plants is stored as …………..

(c) In photosynthesis solar energy is absorbed by the pigment called …………

(d) During photosynthesis plants take in ………… and release …………. gas.

Ans: (a) autotrophs 

(b) starch 

(c) chlorophyll 

(d) carbon dioxide, oxygen

Q7. Name the following:

(i) A parasitic plant with yellow, slender and branched stem.

(ii) A plant that is partially autotrophic.

(iii) The pores through which leaves exchange gases.

Ans: (i) cuscuta 

(ii) Insectivorous plant 

(iii) Stomata

Q8. Tick the correct answer:

(a) Cuscuta is an example of:

(i) Autotroph (ii) Parasite (iii) Saprotroph (iv) Host

Ans: (a) (ii) Parasite

(b) The plant which traps and feeds on

(a) Cuscuta (ii) China rose (iii) Pitcher plant (iv) Rose

Ans. (b) (iii) Pitcher plant

Q9. Match the items given in Column I with those in Column II:

Column IColumn II
Chlorophyll Rhizobium
Nitrogen Heterotrophs
CuscutaPitcher plant 
Animals Leaf


Column IColumn II
Chlorophyll Leaf
Nitrogen Bacteria
Animals Heterotrophs
InsectsPitcher plant

Q10. Mark T” if the statement is true and ‘F’ if it is false:

(i) Carbon dioxide is released during photosynthesis. (T/F)

(ii) Plants which synthesise their food are called saprotrophs. (T/F)

(iii) The product of photosynthesis is not a protein. (T/F)

(iv) Solar energy is converted into chemical energy during photosynthesis. (T/F)

Ans:(i) F 

(ii) F 

(iii) T 

(iv) T

Q11. Choose the correct option from the following:

Which part of the plant takes in carbon dioxide from the air for photosynthesis?

(i) Root hair (ii) Stomata (iii) Leaf veins (iv) Petals

Ans: (ii) Stomata

Q12. Choose the correct option from the following: Plants take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere mainly through their:

(i) roots (ii) stem (iii) flowers (iv) leaves

Ans: (iv) Leaves 

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