An Overview of the Function and Maintenance of Sexual Reproduction in Dikaryotic Fungi

  title={An Overview of the Function and Maintenance of Sexual Reproduction in Dikaryotic Fungi},
  author={R. M. Wallen and M. Perlin},
  journal={Frontiers in Microbiology},
  • R. M. Wallen, M. Perlin
  • Published 2018
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Frontiers in Microbiology
  • Sexual reproduction likely evolved as protection from environmental stresses, specifically, to repair DNA damage, often via homologous recombination. In higher eukaryotes, meiosis and the production of gametes with allelic combinations different from parental type provides the side effect of increased genetic variation. In fungi it appears that while the maintenance of meiosis is paramount for success, outcrossing is not a driving force. In the subkingdom Dikarya, fungal members are… CONTINUE READING
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