apogamy


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apogamy

[ə′päg·ə·mē]
(biology)
Asexual, parthenogenetic development of diploid cells, such as the development of a sporophyte from a gametophyte without fertilization.
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91) suggested that apogamy and apospory would probably be associated with changes in chromosome number.
Apogamy, by definition, is the formation of a sporophyte by (cells of) the gametophyte, without fertilization (without sexual union of gametes).
However, the gametophytes usually are incapable of producing sporophytes except by apogamy, which has been observed only rarely in cultures or in populations of V.