Reproduction and development are necessary for the continuation of any species.
Asexual reproduction is a method of reproduction with all the genetic information coming from one parent.
|Some Methods of Asexual Reproduction|
|1. binary fission — involves an equal division of the cytoplasm and nucleus to form two identical organisms.|
|2. budding — involves one parent dividing its nucleus (genetic material) equally, but the cytoplasm divides unequally, e.g. yeast.|
|3. sporulation (spore formation) – Reproduction involving specialized single cells, coming from one parent.
e.g. mold spores
Asexual reproduction is sometimes called cloning.
Cloning is the production of identical genetic copies.
All forms of asexual reproduction are variations of the cell division process of mitosis.
Mitosis is associated with asexual reproductio
Mitosis is also how tissues repair themselves.
This process starts with one replication (copying of the chromosome material) and one division of the chromosome material.
A. Key Results of Mitosis
- The same chromosome number is retained from generation to generation.
2. Each daughter cell receives an exact copy of the chromosomes of the parent cell. (clones)