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Pollen vigour and the potential for sexual selection in plants

Author(s): A. A. Snow and T. P. Spira

Month: Aug
Year: 1991

Journal: Nature
Volume: 352
Issue: 6338
Pages: 796-797

Article Topic(s): Competition, Pollination, Seed increase
Research Setting(s): Greenhouse

Species Referenced: Hibiscus moscheutos (Crimson-eyed rose-mallow),


In the context of pollination of Hibiscus moscheutos, discusses whether male-male competition and/or female choice can lead to sexual selection. Individuals within populations had variable pollen-tube growth rates. This trait was correlated with the number of seeds the plants sired.

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A. A. Snow and T. P. Spira. "Pollen vigour and the potential for sexual selection in plants." Nature 352.6338 (1991): 796-797.

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ISSN: 0028-0836
DOI: 10.1038/352796a0

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