Pollen and Spore Examination
Jacob Brown and Lauren Morgan
Words you need to know..
Spores - It is found in certain protists, algae, plants and fungi.
Palynology - A specialized field that studies pollen and spore evidence.
Pollen Fingerprint - The number and type of pollen grains found in a geographic area at a particular time of year.
Gymnosperm vs Angiosperm
- Oldest seed plants
- Conifers are the largest group
- Seeds are hard, scaly structures called cones
- Male cones pollinate and female cones
- Most recent plant group to evolve
- Seeds are enclosed fruit
- Very diverse group
Types of Pollination
Self-pollination - Pollen transfers from an anther to the stigma within the same flower, as in pea plants.
Cross-pollination - Pollen transfer between two distinct plants.