Pollen and gamete nomenclature

David Starrett starrett at CSTL.SEMO.EDU
Fri Sep 3 16:19:03 EST 1999


At 12:28 PM 9/2/99 -0700, Jon Greenberg wrote:
>I have been criticized for referring to pollen as the male gamete. How
>do you all handle this issue? Do you say that seed plants have sperm
>cells, and the pollen is simply a structure that carries these gametes?
>

I refer to pollen as the male gametophyte.  I point out that it is
"multicellular".  Since plants use the alternation of generations life
cycle (multi-cell haploid and diploid stages), gametophytes are an
important stage to discuss.  We discuss tube nuclei, sperm, etc.

Dave


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