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Pollination  [ Botany ]
Derived form: Pollinator (Noun)

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  Pollination is the process in which the pollen is transferred from the male part of a flower (stamen) to the female part of a flower (the style and stigma) in seed plants.  

Pollination is an important step in the reproduction of seed plants. In the angiosperms  the pollination is the transfer of pollen grains (male gametes) from their point of origin in the anther to the to the receptive surface of the carpel called a stigma. (and from the microsporangium to the pollen chamber of conifers and cycads)  Pollen may be transferred to the same or a different flower to ensure the fertilization of the ovules (female gametes) to produce seeds;
The successful cross-pollination  process is realized by means of various biotic or abiotic  pollinator agents that bring or move the pollen grains from the anther to the receptive part of the
flower's carpel.

The main methods of pollination are:

Floral peculiar characteristics associated with pollination by means of various pollinators are called pollination syndromes.

See also: Autogamy, self-pollination, controlled pollination

To pollinate  [ Botany ]
Transitive verb (past and past participle Pollinated, present participle pollinating, 3rd person present singular pollinates)
  To transfer pollen from the anther to the stigma and fertilize a plant.  
This involves moving pollen grains from the male structure (anther) to the female structure ( stigma) of a flower within a plant or from plant to plant, in order for it to reproduce.

See also cross-pollination and self-pollination for additional information.





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