Cells and organisms containing more than two paired (homologous) sets of chromosomes.

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Why are published chromosome counts for polyploids often incorrect by an integer multiplication factor of the original diploid like count?

Why are published chromosome counts (done using techniques such as root smashes) for polyploidy flowering plants often incorrect by a multiplication factor of 2 or 3 from the original diploid like ...
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Can flow cytometric analysis differentiate between a parent contributing longer chromosomes versus multiple smaller chromosomes?

For flowering plants, can flow cytometry of seed from muti-generational interaction of two species and their offspring help us decide if wide differences in genome size for the two species and their ...
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Are there any mammals in which polyspermy produces viable zygotes?

Are there any mammals in which polyspermy produces viable zygotes? In the wikipedia page it is mentioned that there is a delicate equilibrium between female defenses against many sperms, which ...
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Focusing on flowering plants, are there reasonable explanations why pentaploids would be more fertile than triploids?

For the genus Rhododendron, triploids are sometimes fertile but pentaploids appear to be often fertile. Once Rhododendron seedlings gets above the triploid level, aneuploids not near euploid appear to ...
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What can cause diploid offspring being produced by a neotetraploid seed parent?

Although in Rhododendron neotetraploid (seed parent) X diploid (pollen parent) produces a high percentage of triploids, flow cytometry of resulting seedlings from our hand crosses indicates both ...
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Differing Flow Cytometry Genome Sizes and Sexual Mating Implies Differing Chromosome Counts

Do the fundamental principles of genetics strongly suggest the following is a derived conjecture? If 2 flowering plant species A and B have widely differing genome size (at a minimum a 50% ...