Sperm cells of Zea mays have a complex complement of mRNAs.

Although double fertilization in angiosperm was discovered in 1898, we still know nothing about the proteins that mediate gamete recognition and fusion in plants. Because sperm are small and embedded within the large vegetative cell of the pollen grain, mRNAs from sperm are poorly represented in EST databases. We optimized fluorescence-activated cell… CONTINUE READING