Spontaneous Selfing/Self-pollination

Discussion in 'Plants: Science and Cultivation' started by Junglekeeper, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    What is the definition of spontaneous selfing or spontaneous self-pollination? Is it pollination in the absence of any external stimuli such as wind or insects? The pollen would be from the same plant but does spontaneous imply such pollination is of a flower being pollinated by its own pollen? (I hope this makes sense.)

    Also, I'm guessing this is different from parthenocarpy in which there is production of fruit without pollination fertilization.
     
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    Yep! Often times, this occurs when the stigma is receptive as it emerges through the anthers with mature pollen. So different from parenthocarpy and self-pollination via wind or some other mechanical force. Arabidopsis thaliana does it (spontaneous selfing) all the time.
     
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