gametophyte


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ga·me·to·phyte

 (gə-mē′tə-fīt′)
n. Botany
The haploid gamete-producing phase in a plant characterized by alternation of generations.

ga·me′to·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
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gametophyte

(ɡəˈmiːtəʊˌfaɪt)
n
(Botany) the plant body, in species showing alternation of generations, that produces the gametes. Compare sporophyte
gametophytic adj
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ga•me•to•phyte

(gəˈmi təˌfaɪt, ˈgæm ɪ-)

n.
the sexual form of a plant in the alternation of generations. Compare sporophyte.
[1890–95]
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ga·me·to·phyte

(gə-mē′tə-fīt′)
In plants, fungi, and certain algae, the individual organism or generation of organisms that produces reproductive cells (called gametes). Each cell of a gametophyte has only one set of chromosomes, just as its gametes do. In nonvascular plants, such as the mosses and liverworts, the gametophyte is the main plant form. In vascular plants, such as the ferns, grasses, conifers, and flowering plants, the gametophyte consists of only a few cells—the embryo sac and the pollen grain. Compare sporophyte.
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Noun1.gametophyte - the gamete-bearing individual or phase in the life cycle of a plant having alternation of generationsgametophyte - the gamete-bearing individual or phase in the life cycle of a plant having alternation of generations
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
megagametophyte - the female gametophyte produced by the megaspore of a plant that produces both microspore and megaspores
microgametophyte - the male gametophyte produced by a microspore
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Cytological observations revealed that the female gametophyte development in the ovule is such that the plant has the potential of reproducing as a facultative apomict with the level of sexuality depending on environmental conditions under which the plant is grown.
Note: Hymenophyllum tayloriae Farrar & Raine, * TAYLOR'S or GORGE FILMY FERN (see Figure 14), which primarily occurs only as a gametophyte, is known from Lawrence, Winston and Franklin counties in northwest Alabama.
Gametophyte development in Mexican species of Gleicheniaceae ferns.
Notably, there is not enough information about the generative meristem, basic anther structure and male gametophyte developmental stages of Lepidium sativum L..
The study of orbicules could be particularly rewarding since they offer a window on several biological issues on the borderline between gametophyte and sporophyte, such as the ratio of sporophytic and gametophytic genetic control in the development of the sporoderm, the function and chemical composition of lipidic fractions of tapetal origin in flowering plants (Piffanelli et al., 1998), the patterned sporopollenin polymerisation in the anther mediated by 'white lines' and a glycocalyx, and the possible contribution of in vivo self-assembly of sporopollenin in the development of the sporoderm (Gabarayeva & Hemsley, 2006).
To determine the nature of the produced phycocolloid, we examined and quantified the native and alkali-modified carrageenan extracted from the different phases of life history of the studied carrageenophytes (tetrasporophyte, female gametophyte, and nonfructified thalli) with FTIR-ATR, FT-Raman, and [sup.1]H-NMR.
Vadas (1972) posited that water south of Point Conception is too warm for gametophyte fertility and young sporophyte growth, suggesting that this individual is likely a singleton and not part of a sustained range expansion.
One recognised problem during cycad seed germination testing is that sowing seeds with small embryos immediately after harvest results in water uptake and expansion of the gametophyte and the opening of the sclerotesta.