Somatic embryogenesis in seeds. Dissemination 108th
The plant and animal embryogenesis consists of the development of embryos from cells formed by the union of two gametes (one male and one female). However, the plant cells maintain a functionality, lost in the animal cells, that consists in the development of an embryo from somatic cells (unlike the gametes that own a complete genetic endowment). In the previous disclosure (nº 107 VD) we published the photo of an embryogenesis from a somatic cell of a leaf. The same phenomenon occurs occasionally in somatic cells, present in seeds as shown in the photos. So it is possible to observe the appearance of a new plant from the inside of seeds that are still in phase of maturation on the plant.
This information is relevant since it connects to other capacities of plant cells lost in animal cells: O2 production, carbohydrate production, shikimic acid production and now included a somatic embryogenesis.