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Sexual and Asexual Reproduction



• To comprehend that genetically same individuals are formed after asexual reproduction

• To investigate the types of asexual reproduction and the effect of abiotic conditions on asexual reproduction

• To understand that after sexual reproduction, genetically different individuals are formed


Curriculum Alignments


LS3-2 Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.




Sexual reproduction depends on two parents for the formation of a new individual. Fertilization occurs when the sperm reaches the egg to form a zygote. The offspring receives genetic material from both their parents and therefore has a unique genetic makeup. Asexual reproduction is the creation of new organisms without fertilization. Basically, asexual reproduction is based on mitosis, and therefore there are no hereditary differences or changes in chromosome numbers between organisms. In this experiment, we will examine reproduction by division, vegetative reproduction, and seed formation.