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Genetic cost of reproductive assurance in a self-fertilizing plant

Author(s): C. R. Herlihy and C. G. Eckert

Month: Mar
Year: 2002

Journal: Nature
Volume: 416
Issue: 6878
Pages: 320-323

Article Topic(s): Pollination,Genetics
Research Setting(s): Greenhouse

Species Referenced: Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine),


Examines self-fertilization of Aquilegia canadensis from a genetic cost-benefit perspective. Although self-fertilization provides reproductive assurance when pollinators or mates are scarce, this benefit is outweighed by inbreeding depression and possibly preventing outcrossing in some seeds.

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C. R. Herlihy and C. G. Eckert. "Genetic cost of reproductive assurance in a self-fertilizing plant." Nature 416.6878 (2002): 320-323.

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ISSN: 0028-0836
DOI: 10.1038/416320a

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