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Toxoplasma gondii and sex: essential or optional extra?

Abstract:

The evolutionary and biological significance of a female-biased sex ratio within apicomplexan parasites has been the subject of much discussion. It is proposed that the sex allocation theory, as applied to inbreeding populations, can explain the sex ratios observed for this diverse group of parasites. This is based on a mathematical model, which assumes that the majority of microgametes will succeed in fertilizing macrogametes. Is this a realistic assumption? It is possible, for different rea...

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Journal:
Trends in parasitology
Volume:
18
Issue:
8
Pages:
355-359
Publication date:
2002-08-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1471-5007
ISSN:
1471-4922
URN:
uuid:452aa1d7-74b0-4c50-9115-6575822351a8
Source identifiers:
246390
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pubs:246390

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