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J Integr Plant Biol, 1995, 37 (10): -, Research Article
Studies of Generative Cell Development in Pisum sativum--With Special Reference to Cytological Basis of Plastid Maternal Inheritance
Liu Xing-liang and Hu Shi-yi 
It was proved by ultrastructural observations that few plastids and abundent mitochondria were ever present in the generative cell of Pisurn sativurn L. from its initiation to maturation. Fluorescence observations of DNA showed that many cytoplasmic DNA nucleoids were present in generative cell of mature pollen, but none in the early developing generative cell. During the germination of mature pollen in vitro, the cytoplasmic DNA nucleoids of the generative cell in the pollen tube degenerated gradually following the growth of the pollen tube and disappered completely 24 h after germination. The results provided a cytological basis for confirming the conclusion of plastid maternal inheritance in P. sativurn obtained from genetic study, and resolved the contradiction between results from cytological observation and genetic or RFLP analysis.
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