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need pollen germ. and growth method

Nancy Harrison vulpia at sonic.net
Fri Sep 27 08:45:05 EST 1996

In article <960926104919.41601a97 at siena.edu>, HELM at SIENA.EDU says...
>Hi Folks,
>A colleague of mine and I are looking for a relatively simple method for 
>germinating pollen.  Can any of you point us to good species, culture 
>techniques, and illustrative experiments that we might use for undergrad 
>exercises?  thanks much, Ken
This is not very scientific, but it works for a simple demo in our
fresh/soph biology class. We use 20% sucrose sol'n on a slide, add
assorted pollen grains from the landscaping outside. Some actually
germinate! This proves to the students that pollen tubes really do
exist! Takes an hour or two to get results.Hope this helps somewhat.

---Nancy Harrison, SRJC Life Sciences, Santa Rosa CA 95401
   http://www.sonic.net/~vulpia/index.html (with link to CNPS in Sonoma 

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