Chlamydomonas, a unicellular green alga, is a very convenient organism to study plant cell biology in all its aspects. The organism is easy to handle in the laboratory and classroom alike. It grows autotrophically in large numbers on a simple salts medium in light, and it exhibits a multitude of cellular processes, harbouring numerous challenges to anyone interested in modern cell biology. It is a popular experimental system for research on photosynthesis, flagellar motility, phototaxis, cell wall metabolism and cell-cell interactions. In this article we shall describe how Chlamydomonas cells interact with each other as a prelude to sexual reproduction. We shall concentrate on the major recent advances in our understanding of this process, but shall also indicate some of the outstanding problems that remain. The species C. eugametos (together with its subspecies moewusii) is the main object of this study, but reference will be made tc C. reinhardtii when necessary. Both species differ in some significant details. The work on C. reinhardtii has recently been reviewed by Snell (1985).

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H. van den Ende, F.M. Klis, & A. Musgrave. (1988). The role of flagella in sexual reproduction of Chlamydomonas eugametos. Acta botanica neerlandica, 37(3), 327–350.