Download PDF by Isa Schön,Koen Martens,Peter van Dijk: Lost Sex: The Evolutionary Biology of Parthenogenesis

By Isa Schön,Koen Martens,Peter van Dijk

ISBN-10: 9048127696

ISBN-13: 9789048127696

ISBN-10: 9400779968

ISBN-13: 9789400779969

Sex is the queen of difficulties in evolutionary biology. Generations of researchers have investigated one of many final closing evolutionary paradoxes: why intercourse exists in any respect. provided that sexual replica is expensive from an evolutionary viewpoint, you'll be able to ask yourself why no longer all animals and vegetation reproduce asexually. Dozens of latest hypotheses try to clarify the superiority of intercourse and its benefits and are expecting the early extinction of totally asexual lineages.

The significant topic of this e-book is: what's the destiny of animal and plant teams during which intercourse is misplaced? preliminary chapters speak about concept in the back of asexual existence: what significant negative aspects do asexual teams need to face, what are the genetic and ecological effects and what does this conception are expecting for extra utilized facets of asexual existence, for instance in agricultural pests, illnesses in addition to in cultural vegetation comparable to grapes. circumstances stories in lots of animals (focusing on either invertebrates and vertebrates) and vegetation show parallel, but in addition singularly novel diversifications to the absence of meiosis and syngamy. And final yet no longer least, are asexuals rather doomed to early extinction or do real historic asexuals exist?

This booklet assembles contributions from crucial examine teams facing asexual evolution in eukaryotes. it's a milestone in study on parthenogenesis and should be helpful to undergraduate in addition to graduate scholars and to senior researchers in all fields of evolutionary biology, because the paradox of intercourse is still its queen of difficulties.

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