Pollen

A cytological study of anther and pollen development in Camellia oleifera

C. Gao, Yuan, D. Y., Wang, B. F., Yang, Y., Liu, D. M., and Han, Z. Q., A cytological study of anther and pollen development in Camellia oleifera, vol. 14, pp. 8755-8765, 2015.

The plant species Camellia oleifera is an important producer of edible oil in China. However, it suffers from a low fruit-setting rate. This study used high resolution scanning electron microscopy of semi-thin tissue sections to investigate anther development and pollen formation, and to determine whether problems in forming functional pollen cause low seed setting rates. During anther development, cell sizes within the epidermis and end othecium gradually increase, and at the beginning of the microsporocyte phase, the cells become highly vacuolated.

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