The stages of fertilization process in the plants

The fertilization process in the plants

The fertilization process is a process after the pollination process, and it is the process of fusion of the nucleus of the male cell (the pollen grains) with the nucleus of the female cell (the ovum) to form the zygote.

The flowers are the reproductive structures of angiosperms, They vary in the methods of reproduction, The process of fertilization in plants occurs when the gametes in haploid conditions meet to create a zygote which is diploid.

After the pollination process, the pollen grains sticks on the stigma which secretes sugary solution, then the pollen grain germinates forming a pollen tube that contain 2 male nuclei.

The pollen grains germinate after the carpel is pollinated, the pollen tube emerges and grows, it extends through the style till it reaches the ovule inside the ovary through the micropyle.

Reproductive stages in plants

Reproductive stages in plants

The pollen tube does not reach the ovary in a straight line, and there are two types of nuclei which are the vegetative tube and generative nuclei of the pollen grain that pass into the pollen tube.

The pollen tube grows through the style and curls to the bottom of the ovary and then near the receptacle, The pollen tube breaks into the ovule through the micropyle and then to the micropyle bursts into the embryo sac.

The end of the pollen tube degenerates? In the embryo sac, the male nucleus fuses with the nucleus of the ovum ( the egg cell ) and forms a fertilized ovum which is known as a diploid zygote, This process is known as true fertilization or syngamy.

The other male gamete or nucleus enters into the embryo sac, and it fuses with the secondary nucleus which gives a triploid nucleus which is called the primary endosperm nucleus, and it becomes a food source for the growing embryo.

The process of nuclear fission, where there is the formation of the primary endosperm nucleus is called triple fission, and the zygote undergoes successive divisions to form the embryo inside the ovule.

The ovule develops and becomes the seed while the ovary develops and becomes the fruit, and the fruits differ from each other according to the nature of the ovary.

If the ovary contains one ovule, it will give a fruit with a single seed as olives and peaches, and if the ovary contains many ovules, it will give a fruit with many seeds as the beans and the peas, In case of fruits with multiple seeds, multiple pollen grains are necessary to fertilize with each ovule.

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