Examples from the Web for gametophyte
The organization of the gametophyte stands in the closest relation to the factors of light and moisture in the environment.
In a later paper Pearson considerably extended our knowledge of the reproduction and gametophyte of this genus.
When artificially divided small fragments of the gametophyte are found to be capable of growing into new individuals.
Thus in Pellia the nuclei of the gametophyte have eight chromosomes and those of the sporophyte sixteen.
British Dictionary definitions for gametophyte
Science definitions for gametophyte
A Closer Look
The evolution of plants has seen a steady reduction in the independence and size of the gametophyte generation when compared to the sporophyte generation. In the more primitive nonvascular plants, such as the mosses and liverworts, the gametophyte is the main plant form. It is relatively large and not dependent on the sporophyte for nutrition. In some species, the gametophytes are bisexual; in others, the sexes are separate. Female gametes remain in the gametophyte, where they are fertilized by sperm, usually from another gametophyte. The resultant embryos develop into sporophytes. These grow as smaller plants in or upon the gametophytes. The diploid sporophytes then produce haploid spores by meiosis, and these are dispersed and grow into new gametophytes. Among the vascular plants, however, the sporophyte is the larger plant form. For example, the familiar pine tree represents the diploid sporophyte generation. By meiosis, the pine eventually produces male and female gametophytes. The male gametophytes of the pine are small-they are the pollen grains released by male cones to be dispersed to female cones. The larger female gametophytes remain within the ovules of the female cones of the pine and are dependent on the surrounding sporophyte tissues for their nutrition. Each female gametophyte develops two egg cells, both of which are fertilized by a male gamete from a pollen grain. However, usually only one embryo will complete its development. This embryo is a new diploid sporophyte, housed within the developing pine seed. A pine seed thus contains three generations of the pine plant: the seed coat that arises from diploid tissue belonging to the ovule, the haploid gametophyte tissue that will serve as a food reserve for the embryo after germination, and the diploid embryo itself. In angiosperms, the female gametophyte has evolved into an even more reduced form. It consists of only the seven cells of the embryo sac.