from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The development of an embryo without the occurrence of fertilization, especially in plants.
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- noun botany plant
- noun botany plant
reproductionwithout fertilization, meiosis, or the production of gametes
- noun zoology animal
reproductionin which the egg cell did not undergo meiosisor fertilization
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- noun any of several kinds of reproduction without fertilization
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
The word apomixis is from the Greek apo, with the short a, meaning ‘without,’ and mixis, meaning ‘mingling.’
He was a world authority on the natural phenomenon known as apomixis, by which plants reproduce asexually.
My good friend Richard Jefferson introduced me to the idea of apomixis and the ways that it might someday revolutionize agriculture.
Well, Minister, they call it the race to find a supergene that controls asexual reproduction in plants, known as apomixis.
His team experimented with a type of asexual reproduction called apomixis, using the small mustard plant Arabidopsis thaliana -- normally a sexual reproducer
Research aimed at transferring the "apomixis" gene from a wild grass into rice could result in farmers being able to save seed year after year from hybrid plants.
It is a type of sexual breeding, in contrast to asexual systems such as apomixis.
"The occurrence of apomixis in the Pomoideæ, and the high frequency of diploid seedlings, 23 out of 39, in a family of pears we raised from crossing the diploid variety Fertility with the triploid variety Beurre Diel, suggested that they may have been apomictically, or in part apomictically, reproduced."
It will be argued that the success of apomicts in the long run depends critically on their ability to cross with sexual relatives and that this enables apomixis to survive much longer time periods than generally thought.
Here is a paper on the evolutionary implication of apomixis in dandelions and skeleton weed.
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