Organelle Alteration as a Mechanism for Maternal Inheritance

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Science  11 Apr 1980:
Vol. 208, Issue 4440, pp. 196-198
DOI: 10.1126/science.208.4440.196


An ultrastructural study of pollen-derived plants and normal microspore development indicates that chloroplasts and mitochondria are physically altered during microsporogenesis. These changes appear to debilitate the organelle so that only chloroplasts and mitochondria of the female parent are contributed to the offspring.