Pollen-specific, but not sperm-specific, genes show stronger purifying selection and higher rates of positive selection than sporophytic genes in Capsella grandiflora.

@article{Arunkumar2013PollenspecificBN,
  title={Pollen-specific, but not sperm-specific, genes show stronger purifying selection and higher rates of positive selection than sporophytic genes in Capsella grandiflora.},
  author={Ramesh Arunkumar and Emily B. Josephs and Robert J Williamson and Stephen I Wright},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2013},
  volume={30 11},
  pages={2475-86}
}
Selection on the gametophyte can be a major force shaping plant genomes as 7-11% of genes are expressed only in that phase and 60% of genes are expressed in both the gametophytic and sporophytic phases. The efficacy of selection on gametophytic tissues is likely to be influenced by sexual selection acting on male and female functions of hermaphroditic plants. Moreover, the haploid nature of the gametophytic phase allows selection to be efficient in removing recessive deleterious mutations and… CONTINUE READING
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