By Isa Schön,Koen Martens,Peter van Dijk
Sex is the queen of difficulties in evolutionary biology. Generations of researchers have investigated one of many final final evolutionary paradoxes: why intercourse exists in any respect. on condition that sexual copy is dear from an evolutionary perspective, you can actually ask yourself why now not all animals and vegetation reproduce asexually. Dozens of up to date hypotheses try and clarify the superiority of intercourse and its benefits and expect the early extinction of absolutely asexual lineages.
The significant subject of this ebook is: what's the destiny of animal and plant teams within which intercourse is misplaced? preliminary chapters talk about idea in the back of asexual existence: what significant negative aspects do asexual teams need to face, what are the genetic and ecological outcomes and what does this concept expect for extra utilized features of asexual lifestyles, for instance in agricultural pests, ailments in addition to in cultural vegetation reminiscent of grapes. instances experiences in lots of animals (focusing on either invertebrates and vertebrates) and vegetation exhibit parallel, but in addition singularly novel variations to the absence of meiosis and syngamy. And final yet now not least, are asexuals rather doomed to early extinction or do real historical asexuals exist?
This publication assembles contributions from an important learn teams facing asexual evolution in eukaryotes. it's a milestone in learn on parthenogenesis and may be important 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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Lost Sex: The Evolutionary Biology of Parthenogenesis by Isa Schön,Koen Martens,Peter van Dijk