Pollen germination - A challenging and educational experiment

H. L.H. Tse, Yuk Sing Gilbert Chan

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Pollen is a unique plant part. It is light weight, lacks thick walls, has a dormancy period, grows quickly under favourable conditions, and is sensitive to environmental factors. These features render it suitable for a number of sensitive and high-level physiological research studies. However, it is also suitable for use as a simple and low-cost model for educational purposes. This article summarises the recent research on pollen germination and introduces some basic studies on pollen tube growth that can be conducted in a secondary school laboratory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-151
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • Bauhlnia blakeane
  • Elongation
  • Germination
  • Pollen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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