The ecological and evolutionary consequences of sperm chemoattraction.

  title={The ecological and evolutionary consequences of sperm chemoattraction.},
  author={Jeffrey A. Riffell and Patrick J. Krug and Richard K. Zimmer},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={101 13},
Chemical communication between sperm and egg is a critical factor mediating sexual reproduction. Sperm attractants may be significant evolutionarily for maintaining species barriers, and important ecologically for increasing gamete encounters. Still unresolved, however, are the functional consequences of these dissolved signal molecules. Here, we provide experimental evidence that sperm chemoattraction directly affects the magnitude of fertilization success. The recent discovery of L-tryptophan… CONTINUE READING


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