Meiosis, Mitosis and Plant Gametes Virtual Lab

Help the laboratory investigate some of their samples of lily anthers and explore the phases of meiosis in them. Learn the basics of meiosis and mitosis by comparing the two processes.

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About the Meiosis, Mitosis and Plant Gametes Virtual Lab

This short, targeted simulation is adapted from the full-length “Meiosis: Understand how traits are inherited” simulation.

In this simulation, you will use microscopy to study samples of lily anthers while helping the team at the laboratory. You will study the process of cell division and discover the key differences between meiosis and mitosis. 

Help Marie and her team

You will meet Marie at the laboratory where she and her team is doing a study on lily anthers to investigate the phases of meiosis, and they need your help with an experiment.

 Use microscopy to study meiosis

Jumping straight into their research project, you will prepare a sample of a lily anther for microscopy and study the phases of meiosis. You will learn how gametes are formed and how they fuse in fertilization.

Complete the interactive diagram

Then you will compare meiosis and mitosis and learn how each of these processes contributes to human reproduction. You will complete interactive diagrams of both meiosis and mitosis to create a visual overview for yourself. Will you be able to give Marie and her team the help they need?

The tasks you will encounter in this short simulation are parts from the longer Meiosis: Understand how traits are inherited simulation, in which you will find other related tasks and missions within this topic.

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Help the laboratory investigate some of their samples of lily anthers and explore the phases of meiosis in them. Learn the basics of meiosis and mitosis by comparing the two processes.

Techniques in lab
Sample preparation, Microscopy
Learning objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to...

  • Outline how traits are inherited
  • Use the microscope to observe the phases of meiosis and understand their main characteristics
  • Compare phases and outcomes of mitosis and meiosis
Simulation features

Length: 10 Minutes
Accessibility mode: Available
Languages: English (United States), Spanish, German, Italian, French

Examples of related standards

Early Stage Bachelors Level

EHEA First Cycle

FHEQ 6

US College Year 2

US College Year 1

NGSS

LS3.B-H1, LS3.A-H1

IB

Biology 9.4 Reproduction in plants

AP

Biology Unit 5.6

Biology Unit 6.2

Biology Unit 5.2