Pollen–Pistil Interaction

  • K. R. Shivanna
  • Rajesh Tandon


Pollen–pistil interaction is unique to flowering plants. This is one of the critical postpollination phases that determine reproductive success. Following conspecific compatible pollination, pollen grains germinate on the receptive stigma and the resulting pollen tubes grow through the tissues of the stigma and style and enter the ovules where they deliver the sperm cells for fertilization. Pollen–pistil interaction involves a series of sequential events from pollination until the pollen tube enters the embryo sac. A break at any level in these sequential events results in the failure of fertilization. There is a continuous dialogue between the pollen grain and later the pollen tube and the tissues of the pistil. Successful completion of pollen–pistil interaction is a prerequisite for fertilization and subsequent fruit and seed development.


Pollen Tube Pollen Tube Growth Pollen Germination Aniline Blue Stigma Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. R. Shivanna
    • 1
  • Rajesh Tandon
    • 2
  1. 1.Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)BengaluruIndia
  2. 2.Department of BotanyUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia

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