Experimental Analysis of the Fertilization Process

Experimental Analysis of the Fertilization Process In flowering plants, double fertilization is one of the defining features of reproductive development (Raghavan, 2003 ). Double fertilization was first discovered in 1898 by Nawaschin. It involves a complex series of interactions between essentially three plants—the male gametophyte (MG), the female gametophyte (FG), and the sporophyte—culminating in the fusion of sexual cells and nuclei and the formation of an embryo and endosperm through separate, presumably parallel, fusion and activation steps. In this review, we focus on recent advances toward understanding the mechanisms that control maturational synchrony, interaction of the MG with the FG, delivery of the male gametes, movement of sperm cells to the female gametes, fusion of the gametes, and cytological changes before and after fertilization. The mature MG or pollen is composed of three cells: one vegetative cell that encloses two sperm cells or male gametes. The vegetative cell coordinates the delivery of the two male gametes to the FG. After landing on the stigma of an appropriate flower, a cascade of events leads to the establishment of polarity in the MG and the formation of a pollen tube. Interactions between the sporophytic tissues of the stigma, the style, and the MG guide the tube—with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Experimental Analysis of the Fertilization Process

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American Society of Plant Biologist
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 by the American Society of Plant Biologists
ISSN
1040-4651
eISSN
1532-298X
D.O.I.
10.1105/tpc.016873
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Abstract

In flowering plants, double fertilization is one of the defining features of reproductive development (Raghavan, 2003 ). Double fertilization was first discovered in 1898 by Nawaschin. It involves a complex series of interactions between essentially three plants—the male gametophyte (MG), the female gametophyte (FG), and the sporophyte—culminating in the fusion of sexual cells and nuclei and the formation of an embryo and endosperm through separate, presumably parallel, fusion and activation steps. In this review, we focus on recent advances toward understanding the mechanisms that control maturational synchrony, interaction of the MG with the FG, delivery of the male gametes, movement of sperm cells to the female gametes, fusion of the gametes, and cytological changes before and after fertilization. The mature MG or pollen is composed of three cells: one vegetative cell that encloses two sperm cells or male gametes. The vegetative cell coordinates the delivery of the two male gametes to the FG. After landing on the stigma of an appropriate flower, a cascade of events leads to the establishment of polarity in the MG and the formation of a pollen tube. Interactions between the sporophytic tissues of the stigma, the style, and the MG guide the tube—with

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