cytoplasmic inheritance


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cytoplasmic inheritance

[‚sīd·ə′plaz·mik in′her·ə·təns]
(genetics)
The control of genetic difference by genes carried in cytoplasmic organelles such as mitochondria or chloroplasts. Also known as extrachromosomal inheritance.
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In the sperm cells, DNA strongly increases in the organelles that will belong to the zygote, whereas the DNA progressively cdisappears in organelles that are not involved in cytoplasmic inheritance (Nagata et al., 1999a, l999b).
The hows and whys of cytoplasmic inheritance in seed plants.
The selective increase or decrease of organellar DNA in generative cells just after pollen mitosis one controls cytoplasmic inheritance. Planta 209: 53-65.

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