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What is the difference between spores and seeds?

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Spores are unicellular organisms, seeds are multicellular. Seeds come from flowering plants and spores come from ferns and moss you need a microscope to see a spore but you can see seeds with your own eyes spores must land on wet land to germinate, but seeds do not.

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Similarity- Both spores and seeds are responsible for propagation Difference- Spores originate from a gametophytic generation whereas seeds from sporophytic generation of plants.


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The main difference between seeds and spores is that spores are not planted in the ground whereas seeds are planted in the ground. Spores fall off of the plants and they are a means of reproducing a plant just like the seeds. Although spores and seeds have similar functions, they have crucial differences. One main difference between seeds and spores is in the size. Spores are much smaller than the seeds. Seeds can easily be seen but spores can only be seen with the help of a microscope. Seeds are fertilized ovules enclosed in a protective coat called testa whereas spores fall off to create a plant somewhere else. Another major difference is that seeds are produced by flowering plants whereas spores are produced by non-flowering plants and fungi. Seeds are enclosed in the fruit of the tree or plant whereas spores are from the underside of the plant. Seeds contain nutrients that are stored in the embryo whereas spores do not store and contain any nutrients. Plants that produce the seeds are known as higher level organisms whereas lower level organisms such as fungus, ferns, mosses ,bacteria and etc. are known to produce spores. Another major difference between the seeds and spores is that seeds are comprised of many cells whereas spores have only a single cell and therefore they are called one celled organisms. Seeds do not need wet lands or excessive water to sprout but spores need swampy or marshy surfaces saturated with water to grow. Spores and seeds are both asexual reproductive structures but spores unlike seeds are produced by plants that have no seeds. Spores have an ability to develop into a new organism whereas it is the embryo in the seed that gives rise to a new plant. Some seeds are haploid or have a single set of chromosomes and some of them are diploid or have two sets of paired chromosomes. Spores are primitive in form and just like seeds are necessary for the ecosystem. Spores help their species to survive the same way as the seeds do but they are not that efficient. Spores can germinate whereas seeds give a head start to the next generations. Summary: 1. Seeds are an efficient way of reproduction whereas spores fall off of a plant to produce next generation organisms. 2. Seeds have an embryo enclosed in a protective coat. 3. Spores are singular organisms whereas seeds have multiple layers. 4. Unlike the spores, the seeds can survive in difficult and less friendly conditions. 5. Spores are too small to be seen by the naked eye.



Spores are the reproductive cells for fungi and ferns. They are small and light weight so that they can easily be carried by the wind.In, a spore is a reproductive structure that is adapted for dispersal and surviving for extended periods of time in unfavorable conditions. A chief difference between spores and seeds as is that spores have very little stored food resources compared with seeds.


a conifer grows pine cone and reproduces by seeds ferns reproduce by spores but there both vascular


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Both are ment for reproduction .


While they have the same function- to reproduce- the main difference between seeds and spores is that seeds come from flowering plants (they are the ripened ovules of the plants) and spores are produced by non-flowering plants (they are tiny reproductive bodies). Seeds, since they are ripened ovules, have plant embryos with a food store and a protective covering around all of that. On the other hand, spores do not have stored food resources and can be made of one or many cells. So, seeds are multicellular while spores are usually unicellular, and seeds contain embryonic plants while spores do not (they themselves are the tiny reproductive bodies).


Seeds are better then spores because they have a reproductive advantage over spores.


Spores are much smaller than seeds. Seeds can be seen but spores can be seen only under the microscope.


A spore is a reproductive structure that is adapted for dispersion and surviving for extended periods of time in unfavorable conditions. Spores form part of the life cycles of many plants, algae, fungi and some protozoans. A chief difference between spores and seeds as dispersal units is that spores have very little stored food resources compared with seeds. A spore is a reproductive structure that is adapted for dispersion and surviving for extended periods of time in unfavorable conditions. Spores form part of the life cycles of many plants, algae, fungi and some protozoans. A chief difference between spores and seeds as dispersal units is that spores have very little stored food resources compared with seeds.


They are both asexual means of reproduction. The key difference is that seeds are planted in the ground, whereas spores fall off of plants that reproduce by spores and create a plant else where. Seeds and spores will not create "genetic clones" like binary fission and budding do. Only one parent supplies the genetic information for the off spring. SO child is identical to the parent.


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