Ch 23: Sexual & Asexual Reproduction

About This Chapter

Learn about asexual and sexual reproduction, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of both. Use these videos and accompanying quizzes to uncover facts about this important biological concept or refresh your knowledge in preparation for an exam.

Sexual & Asexual Reproduction - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll learn about asexual organisms that can reproduce without a mate. This unique solo process is explained in detail, as are the unique organisms that can reproduce either asexually or sexually, depending upon the circumstance.

You'll learn how gamete cells work in the reproductive process. Also introduced in this chapter is the process that plants go through to reproduce. After reviewing this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Tell the difference between mitosis and meiosis
  • Provide information about asexual reproduction in animals
  • Understand how gametes form a new organism
  • Identify the disadvantages of asexual reproduction in plants
  • Explain how flowers reproduce

Our engaging videos are designed to make learning fun. Designed by professional instructors, the videos are accompanied by self-assessment quizzes that help you gauge how well you understand the lesson. In case you need to review just a portion of a video, use the video tabs in the Timeline to jump to the section you want to re-watch.

9 Lessons in Chapter 23: Sexual & Asexual Reproduction
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Asexual vs. Sexual Reproduction: Comparison & Characteristics

1. Asexual vs. Sexual Reproduction: Comparison & Characteristics

Did you know that some organisms can reproduce without a mate? Check out this video lesson on asexual versus sexual reproduction to discover the different ways organisms can reproduce and the main differences between mitosis and meiosis.

Meiosis: Comparison to Mitosis, Crossing Over & Process

2. Meiosis: Comparison to Mitosis, Crossing Over & Process

Welcome to meiosis, a realm of division doubled for reproduction untroubled. You'll get a preview of both divisions of meiosis and see what it takes to go from a diploid cell to a haploid gamete.

Gametes: Definition, Formation & Fusion

3. Gametes: Definition, Formation & Fusion

Gametes are the cells that fuse together during sexual reproduction to form a new organism. This lesson covers what these cells are, what they do, and the end result of when they meet.

Sexual Reproduction: Inheriting Genes from Each Parent

4. Sexual Reproduction: Inheriting Genes from Each Parent

Organisms reproduce in order to make offspring. With sexual reproduction the offspring get a combination of the genetic material from two parents. Learn how the male and female reproductive cells, called gametes, come together during fertilization.

Flowering Plants: Reproduction & Fertilization

5. Flowering Plants: Reproduction & Fertilization

Some plants use flowers to reproduce. The flowers contain all the parts needed for the reproduction process. This lesson explains how all of these parts are used to create the next generation of flowering plants.

How Meiosis & Fertilization Promote Genetic Variation

6. How Meiosis & Fertilization Promote Genetic Variation

Individuals are different because of their genetic variation. Even two siblings who come from the same parents have different genetic make-ups. This variation comes from both meiosis and fertilization, which are components of sexual reproduction.

Animal Asexual Reproduction

7. Animal Asexual Reproduction

In school, everyone giggled when we learned about human reproduction because it involved a boy and a girl. We probably wouldn't hear the same laughter when talking about asexual reproduction. Keep reading to learn about this solo act.

Asexual Reproduction in Plants: Advantages, Disadvantages & Types

8. Asexual Reproduction in Plants: Advantages, Disadvantages & Types

Plants are successful because they have evolved to have a variety of ways to reproduce. In this lesson, we will examine asexual reproduction in plants to learn the types, as well as the pros and cons of this means of reproduction.

Organisms That Reproduce Both Asexually & Sexually

9. Organisms That Reproduce Both Asexually & Sexually

Reproduction is how organisms pass on their genes. While some organisms reproduce only sexually or asexually, there are many that do both. This lesson will explore the benefits of this strategy and some examples of the organisms that employ it.

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