The Pollen and Pollen Tube

  • B. M. Johri
  • I. K. Vasil
Part of the Ergebnisse der Biologie book series (ERGBIOL, volume 23)


In 1694, Camerarius reported that anthers play the role of male sexual organs in plants (Maheshwari, 1950). Later, AMICI observed pollen tubes travelling through the stigma and style of Portulaca oleracea and in 1830 he concluded that pollen tubes elongate and ultimately come in contact with the ovule (Maheshwari, 1950). Since then the work of numerous investigators has shown that the pollen tube carries two male gametes into the embryo sac where one of them fuses with the egg which finally forms the embryo while the other gamete fuses with the polars or secondary nucleus which gives rise to the endosperm.


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  • B. M. Johri
    • 1
  • I. K. Vasil
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of DelhiDelhi 6India

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