Fertilization in Flowering Plants 2. Selection of the Male Partner is the Prerogative of the Maternal Parent

Shivanna, KR (2016) Fertilization in Flowering Plants 2. Selection of the Male Partner is the Prerogative of the Maternal Parent. Resonance, 21 (11). pp. 827-841.

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Abstract

After the pollen grain reaches the stigma through outsourced agents (pollinators), the next step before fertilization is to select the right type of pollen. Similar to a marriage in human beings, flowering plants also have evolved elaborate screening process to select the right pollen grains and to reject the wrong ones. Even after initial screening for the right pollen, the pistil imposes a tough competition amongst them, comparable to a swayamvara of Indian mythology, to select the best available pollen. Flowering plants have evolved into a matriarchal society. The selection of the male partner is totally the prerogative of the mother (pistil); the boy (pollen grain) and the girl (ovule) has no say in this selection.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Homospecific and heterospecific pollen, pollen recognition, pollen screening and selection, pollenpistil interaction, pollen competition, self-incompatibility
Subjects: C Publications by ATREEians > G Journal Papers
Divisions: Publications by ATREEians > Journal Papers
Depositing User: Eprints Admin
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2016 06:34
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2016 06:34
URI: http://eprints.atree.org/id/eprint/454

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