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Apomixis is the process by which certain flowering plants produce seeds without fertilisation.
One such plant is Asteraceae. They produce seeds without fertilisation unlike the other plants in which seeds are the products of fertilisation.
In these plants, there are many ways to develop seeds. In some, the egg cell is formed without meiotic or reduction division and it develops into an embryo without fertilisation. Whereas in most, the cells of the nucellus surrounding the embryo sac start dividing and protrude into the embryo sac and directly develop into embryos. In such species, each ovule contains many embryos.
Therefore, “Apomixes is a form of asexual reproduction that mimics sexual reproduction in plants”.
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