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Bernasconi, G; Ashman, T-L; Birkhead, T R; Bishop, J D D; Grossniklaus, U; Kubli, E; Marshall, D L; Schmid, B; Skogsmyr, I; Snook, R R; Taylor, D; Till-Bottraud, I; Ward, P I; Zeh, D W; Hellriegel, B (2004). Evolutionary ecology of the prezygotic stage. Science, 303(5660):971-975.

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The life cycles of sexually reproducing animals and flowering plants begin with male and female gametes and their fusion to form a zygote. Selection at this earliest stage is crucial for offspring quality and raises similar evolutionary issues, yet zoology and botany use dissimilar approaches. There are striking parallels in the role of prezygotic competition for sexual selection on males, cryptic female choice, sexual conflict, and against selfish genetic elements and genetic incompatibility. In both groups, understanding the evolution of sex-specific and reproductive traits will require an appreciation of the effects of prezygotic competition on fitness.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Zoology (former)
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Date:13 February 2004
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:28
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 21:52
Publisher:American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Publisher DOI:10.1126/science.1092180
PubMed ID:14963320

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