In these groups of plants meiosis occurs in the formation of the spores, microspores and megaspores, if both types exist. However, much more detailed information is available concerning the divisions of microsporocytes because of the abundance of cells available for study and the facility with which preparations of microsporocytes are made. The essential features of meiosis are quite uniform throughout the group when the process goes to completion. The aberrations that have evolved usually either alter the timing and sequence of events or allow the process to proceed without one or more of its characteristic features. Very few anomalous new features have been introduced as has occurred in the insects and related forms, for example.


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