Development of the female gametophyte involves several rounds of nuclear divisions during which nuclei are rearranged and finally cellularized to form a mature seven-celled embryo sac. During these nuclear divisions, key proteins involved in the cell cycle need to be degraded quickly in order to facilitate both the metaphase-anaphase transition stage and late anaphase. Here, we report the characterization of an Arabidopsis mutant nomega, which results in arrest of the embryo sac development at the two-nucleate stage. The NOMEGA gene product shows high homology to the APC6/cell division cycle (CDC)16 subunit of the Anaphase Promoting Complex/Cyclosome (APC/C). The phenotype of the nomega mutant is quite different from that of the hobbit mutant, which had suggested a role for the plant APC/C in auxin signalling. We show that nomega mutant embryo sacs are unable to degrade Cyclin B, an important APC/C substrate, providing further evidence of a role for the NOMEGA gene product and the plant APC/C in cell cycle progression during gametophyte development.