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Associations among components of the male germ unit following in vivo pollination in barley

Associations among components of the male germ unit following in vivo pollination in barley

Protoplasma 138(2-3): 161-172

The male gametophyte of barley has been studied during post-pollination stages from the time of pollen activation through pollen tube growth to the level of the ovule. Techniques included the use of serial thick sectioning, serial ultrathin sectioning of re-embedded thick sections, and computer generation as well as manual production of three-dimensional reconstructions. It was found that after pollination, but before the sperms exit the pollen grain, an intimate association is formed between the vegetative nucleus and the two sperms, and between the sperms themselves. The latter association is maintained through the duration of pollen tube growth observed in this study. These results indicate that the male germ unit of barley, a grass, is ultimately similar to that of other angiosperms studied thus far at the electron microscope level and that the concept of the male germ unit may have even greater significance and application within flowering plants than previously thought.

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