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Postcopulatory sexual selection

Birkhead, T.R. and Pizzari, T. (2002) Postcopulatory sexual selection. Nature Reviews Genetics, 3 (4). pp. 262-273. ISSN 1471-0056


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The female reproductive tract is where competition between the sperm of different males takes place, aided and abetted by the female herself. Intense postcopulatory sexual selection fosters inter-sexual conflict and drives rapid evolutionary change to generate a startling diversity of morphological, behavioural and physiological adaptations. We identify three main issues that should be resolved to advance our understanding of postcopulatory sexual selection. We need to determine the genetic basis of different male fertility traits and female traits that mediate sperm selection; identify the genes or genomic regions that control these traits; and establish the coevolutionary trajectory of sexes.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2002 Nature Publishing Group
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > School of Biological Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Animal and Plant Sciences (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2004
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 08:44
Published Version: http://www.nature.com/reviews/genetics
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1038/nrg774
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/195

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