mitosis and centrioles

Frank Percival perciva at WESTMONT.EDU
Tue May 5 11:36:20 EST 1998

A question came up yesterday as I was conducting a review session for my
general biology class.  We were going over mitosis and noted that plants
don't have centrioles and that that goes along with their not having
flagella or cilia-- hence, no basal bodies.  It then occurred to us that
many plants do have flagella--mosses, ferns, cycads, and Gingko all have
flagellated sperm.  So, do they also have centrioles?  I did a quick look
through a plant morphology book but couldn't find the question addressed.
Do any of you happen to know?  Thanks for your help!

Frank Percival

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