Plant Embryogenesis

Scott D. Russell srussell at
Mon Dec 2 14:51:19 EST 1996

In article <1996Dec2.161505 at>, rmewing at wrote:
>Mammalian embryos undergo recapitulation of phylogeny (e.g devlopment of 
>vestigial gills...temporarily) during development.
>Has anyone studied this during plant embryogenesis?
>Any ideas?
First, I presume you are meaning flowering plants??  If so, Soueges published 
hundreds of papers on the early divisions of plant embryogenesis in the 1920s 
and 1930s looking specifically for the type of patterns that you are 
interested in.  Unfortunately, he found little.  There are currently less 
than 10 generally recognized patterns of early embryo development in 
angiosperms.  Although they are reasonably conserved in given taxon, there are 
families that have as many as three different major types--which is too many 
to support a hypothesis that this is truly conservative.

If you are referring to forming a filament before forming a parenchymatous 
mass, this is a trend.  This does recapitulate concepts of the 
evolution of plants, unfortunately, it als recapitulates development of form 
from one cell.  It is impossible to divide and form a parenchymatous mass 
without passing through a transitory "filamentous" stage (two cells 
adhering end-to-end) Not too informative!!  Sorry....

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