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Haploid selection within a single ejaculate increases offspring fitness

Alavioon, G, Hotzy, C, Nakhro, K, Rudolf, S, Scofield, DG, Zajitschek, S, Maklakov, AA and Immler, S (2017) Haploid selection within a single ejaculate increases offspring fitness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114 (30). pp. 8053-8058. ISSN 0027-8424

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Diploid organisms produce haploid gametes for sexual reproduction, resulting in a biphasic life cycle. Although selection during the diploid phase is well understood, selection during the haploid gametic stage and its consequences are largely ignored despite its potential importance for fundamental evolutionary processes, including the rate of adaptation and inbreeding depression, as well as for applied research into fertilization technology. A current dogma assumes that in animals selection on the haploid gametic genotype is minimal. We examined the importance of haploid selection in the zebrafish and found strong fitness consequences of selection on sperm phenotype in the resulting offspring. Genomic data support the idea that these effects may well be the consequence of selection on the haploid sperm genotype.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science & Technology; Multidisciplinary Sciences; Science & Technology - Other Topics; biphasic life cycle; sperm selection; sperm genotype; sexual reproduction; gametic selection; SPERM COMPETITION; DROSOPHILA-MELANOGASTER; GENE-EXPRESSION; ZEBRAFISH; FERTILIZATION; EVOLUTION; VELOCITY; SEQUENCE; ECOLOGY; GENOME
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
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Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 09:28
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:32
DOI or ID number: 10.1073/pnas.1705601114
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12634
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