Molecular Approaches to Understanding Cellular Recognition in Plants

  • Antony Bacic
  • Adrienne E. Clarke
Part of the Recent Advances in Phytochemistry book series (RAPT, volume 22)


Plant cells, like animal cells, have the capacity to discriminate between self and non-self. Examples of interactions involving cell-cell recognition in plants are those between pollen and pistils during fertilization, host and microorganism and somatic cells of plants during grafting (for reviews1,2). In this paper, we describe approaches we have used to understand the recognition events which occur during fertilization. In 1980 we presented a review of our efforts to understand this subject at the Phytochemical Society Meeting held at Washington State University;3 we now present a summary of the progress we and others have made in the intervening seven years.


Pollen Tube Tube Growth Pollen Tube Growth Stigma Surface Compatible Pollen 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antony Bacic
    • 1
  • Adrienne E. Clarke
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Cell Biology Research Centre, School of BotanyThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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