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Distinguish between asexual and sexual reproduction. Why is vegetative reproduction also considered as a type of asexual reproduction?

6. Distinguish between asexual and sexual reproduction. Why is vegetative reproduction also considered as a type of asexual reproduction?

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 Differences between sexual and asexual reproduction are as follows: 

       Asexual reproduction         Sexual reproduction 
It involves a single parent  It involves two parents
There is no requirement of sex organs and gametes Gamete formation occurs in sex organs
It involves somatic cells of the body it involves germ cells of the body
Offsprings produced in asexual reproduction are exactly similar to their parent offsprings produced in sexual reproduction are different from their parents
It occurs rapidly It is a slow process
It occurs in unicellular organisms, lower invertebrates, plants etc.  It occurs in higher organisms

Vegetative reproduction is considered to be a type of asexual reproduction because

1. Vegetative reproduction is uniparental i.e. it involves a single parent.

2. The reproductive propagules of vegetative reproduction are somatic cells as in asexual reproduction.

3. Meiosis and fertilisation are absent in vegetative reproduction.  

4. Vegetative reproduction does not cause variations. The offsprings produced are similar to their parent

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