Chapter 13: Sexual Reproduction

Mitosis is essential to all plant propagation. It produces the mighty oak from a single zygote cell and makes all forms of propagation possible. The adventitious rooting process of any cutting begins with mitosis and continues through many mitotic divisions to produce a root meristem. Meiosis is also fundamental to plant propagation for the production of gametes that fuse, producing diversity for evolution and plant breeding.


Learning objectives

  • Understand the structure of DNA.
  • Compare the different states of ploidy and which process of cell division — mitosis or meiosis — they are produced from.
  • Recognize what happens to the chromosomes, cell wall, cell membrane, and nuclear membrane in each of the stages of mitosis and meiosis.
  • Compare the similarities and differences in the outcomes of mitosis and meiosis.




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