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Locusta migratoriaLilium grandiflorumPetunia hybrida
meiosis: diplotene in Locusta
meiosis: diplotene in Lilium
meiosis: diplotene in Petunia
During diplotene (Gr. diplous = in twofold) it becomes clearly visible that each replicated chromosome consists of two sister-chromatides. Each bivalent consist of a bundle of four homolog chromatides. Homologs exhibit a weaker binding and slightly diverge. The crossings (= chiasmata; singular chiasma, named after the cross-shaped lgreek letter chi) between non-sister-chromatides are visible. Each bivalent shows in general one or more chiasmata, where crossing-overs have occured.

last modified: 1 Oct 2011