Differentiate between self-pollination and cross-pollination.When pollen grains are transferred from anther of one flower to the stigma of another flower either on the same plant or another similar plant,will it be self or cross pollination?

Asked by Akriti | 31st Dec, 2012, 10:14: PM

Expert Answer:

 

Self pollination

Cross pollination

Here pollen grains from a flower are carried to the stigma of the same flower or on the other flower of the same plant.

Here the pollen grains from a flower are carried to the stigma of the flower on other plant.

Such flowers do not need any pollinating agent.

Such flowers need pollinating agents.

Self pollination is less preferable from the genetical point of view since there is no mixing of genes.

Cross pollination is more preferable from the genetical point of view since new characters can be be produced.

The flowers need not spend energy on producing showy flowers or large number of pollens.

The flowers need to spend large amounts of energy on producing large, showy flowers to attract pollinators as well as large number of pollens.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When pollen grains are transferred from anther of one flower to the stigma of another flower on the same plant it is self-pollination as the same set of plant genes are involved.

Answered by  | 1st Jan, 2013, 10:28: AM

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