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U of T Biologists Identify Influence of Environment on Sexual vs. Asexual Reproduction

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Evolutionary biologists at U of T have found that environment plays a key role in determining whether a species opts for sexual over asexual reproduction.

The study, led by post-doctoral student Lutz Becks and Professor Aneil Agrawal of ecology and evolutionary biology, found that species that inhabit spatially heterogenous environments – habitats characterized by uneven concentrations of its own species among a rich variety of other animals and plants – had higher rates of sexual reproduction than those in more homogenous environments. (more…)

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