Immunolabeling using site-specific antibodies against phosphorylated histone H3 at serine 10 or serine 28 revealed in plants an almost similar temporal and spatial pattern of both post-translational modification sites at mitosis and meiosis. During the first meiotic division the entire chromosomes are highly H3 phosphorylated. In the second meiotic division, like in mitosis, the chromosomes contain high phosphorylation levels in the pericentromeric region and very little H3 phosphorylation along the arms of monocentric species. In the polycentric plant Luzula luzuloides phosphorylation at both serine positions occurs along the whole chromosomes, whereas in monocentric species, only the pericentromeric regions showed strong signals from mitotic prophase to telophase. No phosphorylated serine 10 or serine 28 was detectable on single chromatids at anaphase II resulting from equational segregation of rye B chromosome univalents during the preceding anaphase I. In addition, we found a high level of serine 28 as well as of serine 10 phosphorylation along the entire mitotic monocentric chromosomes after treatment of mitotic cells using the phosphatase inhibitor cantharidin. These observations suggest that histone H3 phosphorylation at serine 10 and 28 is an evolutionarily conserved event and both sites are likely to be involved in the same process, such as sister chromatid cohesion.