one of two alternate forms of a gene that can have the same locus on homologous chromosomes and are responsible for alternative traits
alternation of generations
A life cycle in which there is both a multicellular diploid form, the sporophyte, and a multicellular haploid form, the gametophyte; characteristic of plants and some algae
Homologous chromosomes, each having sister chromatids that are joined by a nucleoprotein lattice during meiosis; also called a tetrad
Fusion of sperm and egg nuclei, producing a zygote that develops into a new individual
Haploid generation of the alteration of generations life cycle of a plant; produces gametes that unite to form a diploid zygote.
Process in which new genetic information is incorporated into a chromosome or DNA fragment
Member of a pair of chromosomes that are alike and come together in synapsis during prophase of the first meiotic division; a homologue
Alleles of unlinked genes segregate independently of each other during meiosis so that the gametes contain all possible combinations of alleles
Period of time between meiosis I and meiosis II during which no DNA replication takes place
Disk-shaped structure within the centromere of a chromosome to which spindle microtubules become attached during mitosis and meiosis.
Recurring pattern of genetically programmed events by which individuals grow, develop, maintain themselves and reproduce
Type of nuclear division that occurs as part of sexual reproduction, in which the daughter cells receive the haploid number of chromosomes in varied combinations
Reproduction involving meiosis, gamete formation, and fertilization; produces offspring with chromosomes inherited from each parent with a unique combination of genes
Asexual reproductive or resting cell capable of developing into a new organism without fusion with another cell, in contrast to a gamete
Diploid generation of the alternation of generations life cycle of a plant; produces haploid spores that develop into the haploid generation.