A new hypothesis for the evolution of overproduction of ovules: an advantage of selective abortion for females not associated with variation in genetic quality of the resulting seeds.

@article{Sakai2007ANH,
  title={A new hypothesis for the evolution of overproduction of ovules: an advantage of selective abortion for females not associated with variation in genetic quality of the resulting seeds.},
  author={Satoki Sakai},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2007},
  volume={61 4},
  pages={984-93}
}
  • Satoki Sakai
  • Published 2007 in
    Evolution; international journal of organic…
A new hypothesis for the evolution of overproduction of ovules within flowers is proposed: overproduction is a counter-strategy of female seed production in the conflict with males and/or offspring. It is advantageous for females to produce a uniform size of seeds, whereas it is advantageous for fertilized ovules to absorb more resources than this size. If there is a variance in resource absorption ability among fertilized ovules, nonuniform seeds are produced. Then, by overproducing ovules… CONTINUE READING

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