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Asexual Reproduction in Plants

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      Bernard Nebel

      Many plants and some lower animals are capable of asexual reproduction. For example, the common house plant, spider plant, in addition to having flowers and seeds, produces specialized stems called runners. The bud at each node of the runner develops into a full fledged plant as seen in the video below. This asexual reproduction (without sex) is called cloning. The individuals produced by cloning are known as a clone. Note that they are genetically identical to the parent and to each other, because only mitosis has occurred, no separation and recombination of chromosomes.

      Give special emphasis to to this fact.

       Try propagating spider plants yourself.

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