Male-female crosstalk during pollen germination, tube growth and guidance, and double fertilization.

@article{Dresselhaus2013MalefemaleCD,
  title={Male-female crosstalk during pollen germination, tube growth and guidance, and double fertilization.},
  author={Thomas Dresselhaus and Noni V. E. Franklin-Tong},
  journal={Molecular plant},
  year={2013},
  volume={6 4},
  pages={1018-36}
}
Sperm cells of flowering plants are non-motile and thus require transportation to the egg apparatus via the pollen tube to execute double fertilization. During its journey, the pollen tube interacts with various sporophytic cell types that support its growth and guide it towards the surface of the ovule. The final steps of tube guidance and sperm delivery are controlled by the cells of the female gametophyte. During fertilization, cell-cell communication events take place to achieve and… CONTINUE READING
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