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At what point does meiosis occur during the development of a flower?

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    $\begingroup$ Wikipedia says when the plant(anther) is growing for pollen at least, sorry if that is vague though, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microspore#Angiosperms $\endgroup$
    – Ro Siv
    Oct 10, 2015 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ In pollen-mother cell and Megaspore mother cell, it happens. $\endgroup$
    – user25568
    Sep 1, 2016 at 7:19
  • $\begingroup$ Meiosis before pollen formation could be studied in anthers of flower-buds, with aceto-carmine staining $\endgroup$
    – user25568
    Sep 1, 2016 at 7:21

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In case of male gametophyte (in angiosperms), meiosis ends before the formation of the pollen tetrads which in turn marks the end of cell division in anthers and petals (Li and Johnston, 1999). However, the same study reveals that the relative timing of pollen tetrad formation with respect to floral development (abbreviated as RAFT), varies between different plants. Despite the variation, they seem to form three clusters with mean RAFT at 0.45, 0.62 and 0.73.

In case of the female gametophyte, the megasporogenesis happens inside the ovule (Yadegari and Drews, 2004). Therefore, ovule should have formed before the onset of meiosis. I could not find a detailed study on the timing of the megasporogenesis.

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