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What is multiple fission? How does it occur in an organism? Explain briefly. Name one organism which exhibits this type of reproduction.

Answer :

Multiple fission is an asexual reproduction in which parent organism splits to form many new organisms at the same time.

Process—


a) Sometimes during unfavorable conditions, a protective wall or cyst is formed around the cell of a single celled organism.


b) Inside the cyst, the nucleus of the cell splits several times to form many smaller nuclei called daughter nuclei. Each nucleus gathers a bit of cytoplasm around itself, develops a membrane around each structure.


c) Thus many daughter cells develop which on liberation grow into adult organisms at the same time.


Plasmodium is a protozoan which reproduces by asexual method of multiple fission.


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