Tag : C-fern

Male gametophyte growth as a factor of initial spore density among C-fern sporophytes

Written by Miranda ABSTRACT: C-fern spores have the ability of exhibiting both male and hermaphroditic sexes. Hermaphroditic gametophytes are always developed first, and if they release enough of the pheromone antheridiogen, male gametophytes will develop. Higher spore densities should show evidence of higher male populations. The gametophyte development can be observed under dissecting microscopes. Population densities were calculated each week for three weeks and based off of data collected, male population was slightly higher in higher density environments, but further […]