explain the process of fragmentation with examples?

Asked by  | 17th Sep, 2008, 11:36: PM

Expert Answer:

Fragmentation is seen in multi-cellular organisms with relatively simple body organisation. Here the body of the organism simply breaks up into smaller pieces upon maturation. These pieces or fragments grow into new individuals. Eg- spirogyra.

Fragmentation is a form of asexual reproduction where an organism is split into fragments. Each of these fragments develop into mature, fully grown individuals that are a clone of the original organism. Fragmentation is caused by mitosis.

Fragmentation is seen in many organisms such as molds, some annelid worms, and starfish.

Fragmentation is observed in nonvascular plants as well, liverworts and mosses.

As this process is a form of asexual reproduction, it does not produce genetic diversity in the offspring.

Answered by  | 18th Sep, 2008, 12:11: AM

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