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 final evolutionary paradoxes: why intercourse exists in any respect. on condition that sexual copy is expensive from an evolutionary standpoint, you could ask yourself why now not all animals and crops reproduce asexually. Dozens of up to date hypotheses try to clarify the superiority of intercourse and its benefits and expect the early extinction of totally asexual lineages.

The significant subject of this e-book is: what's the destiny of animal and plant teams during which intercourse is misplaced? preliminary chapters speak about conception at the back of asexual lifestyles: 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 elements of asexual existence, for instance in agricultural pests, ailments in addition to in cultural vegetation corresponding to grapes. instances reports in lots of animals (focusing on either invertebrates and vertebrates) and vegetation exhibit parallel, but in addition singularly novel diversifications 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 e-book assembles contributions from crucial examine teams facing asexual evolution in eukaryotes. it's a milestone in examine on parthenogenesis and should be necessary 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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