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

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 closing evolutionary paradoxes: why intercourse exists in any respect. on condition that sexual copy is expensive from an evolutionary perspective, one can ask yourself why now not all animals and vegetation reproduce asexually. Dozens of latest hypotheses try to clarify the superiority of intercourse and its merits and are expecting the early extinction of absolutely asexual lineages.

The significant topic of this publication is: what's the destiny of animal and plant teams during which intercourse is misplaced? preliminary chapters talk about thought at the back of asexual existence: what significant negative aspects do asexual teams need to face, what are the genetic and ecological results and what does this thought are expecting for extra utilized facets of asexual existence, for instance in agricultural pests, illnesses in addition to in cultural plants equivalent to grapes. circumstances reports in lots of animals (focusing on either invertebrates and vertebrates) and vegetation display parallel, but in addition singularly novel variations to the absence of meiosis and syngamy. And final yet no longer least, are asexuals fairly doomed to early extinction or do actual historic asexuals exist?

This e-book assembles contributions from an important learn teams facing asexual evolution in eukaryotes. it's a milestone in study on parthenogenesis and should be invaluable to undergraduate in addition to graduate scholars and to senior researchers in all fields of evolutionary biology, because the paradox of intercourse continues to be its queen of difficulties.

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