What is fertilization?
The process by which a male gamete fuses with the female gamete to form a zygote is called fertilisation.
The process of fertilization in plants:
- The pollen grains from the anther fall on the stigma and begin to germinate.
- The pollen grain develops a small tube-like structure known as a pollen tube that arises from the germ pore. All the components of the pollen grain move into the tube.
Development of pollen tube
- The pollen tube developed grows through the stigma and style tissues and eventually reaches the ovule, via the micropyle.
- The vegetative cell degenerates inside the pollen tube, and the generative cell splits into two sperms (male gametes).
- On reaching the embryo sac of the ovule the tip of the pollen tube bursts and the two cells inside the tube enters the embryo sac.
- After the entry of the generative cell, it fuses with the egg (syngamy) to form a diploid zygote, and the vegetative cells fuses with the secondary nucleus (polar nuclei - 2n) and forms as the triploid primary endosperm by triple fusion.
- As two types of fusion such as syngamy and triple fusion, takes place in the embryo sac. This process is known as double fertilization.
A video explaining the process of fertilization in plants