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Ultrastructural studies on pollen embryogenesis in maize (Zea mays L.)

Abstract

Maize anthers have been induced on modified N6 medium to produce embryoids. Different stages from the cultures were sampled and prepared for microscopical examination. The microspores at the onset of culture were in an early developmental stage, with the nucleus and numerous organelles centred in the middle, surrounded by many small vacuoles with a lipid content. The binuclear pollen grains contained small vesicles and much starch. The partially condensed vegetative nucleus indicated participation of the vegetative component in the formation of multicellular pollen grains (MPGs). Several MPGs have been observed which differed in morphology. We suggest, on the basis of these ultrastructural observations, that in maize mainly the vegetative cell contributes to the MPG which further develops directly into embryoids.

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Barnabas, B., Fransz, P.F. & Schel, J.H.N. Ultrastructural studies on pollen embryogenesis in maize (Zea mays L.). Plant Cell Reports 6, 212–215 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00268482

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Keywords

  • Lipid
  • Starch
  • Developmental Stage
  • Vegetative Cell
  • Lipid Content