Sexual Incompatibility in Plants

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Produced in 1979 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet considers reproduction in flowering plants. These contain both male and female reproductive organs and so self-fertilisation is a possibility. It is, however, not desirable as it would reduce the diversity of individuals in a population. This booklet illustrates how plants must be able to control self-fertilization by preventing it or reducing it to a measure that applies only in rare circumstances.

Sections in this booklet look at areas that include:
* The promiscuous world of pollination
* The drive against inbreeding
* The genes in control
* Heteromorphism and homomorphism
* More reliable fruits
* Fungi, slime moulds and other lower organisms
* Evolution of incompatibility

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