Digest: Going solo: Self-fertilization in haploid algae may not lead to evolutionary decline.

Research paper by Alan Maxwell AM Vincent

Indexed on: 10 Jan '18Published on: 10 Jan '18Published in: Evolution


Does the evolution of self-fertilization elevate species extinction rates? Hanschen et al. (2017) found that volvocine algae do not fit the expected phylogenetic pattern that selfing species go extinct faster. They suggest that this outcome results from their primarily haploid life cycle, which reduces the usual cost of self-fertilization. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.