Polyploidy and plant invasions (Invited Review)

Polyploidy and plant invasions (Invited Review)

Polyploidy and plant inva­sions (Invited Review)

Biological inva­sions are a major eco­lo­gical and socio-economic prob­lem in many parts of the world. Te Beest et al. syn­thes­ize cur­rent know­ledge on the import­ance of poly­ploidy for the inva­sion of intro­duced plants, and sug­gest that it may increase the suc­cess of plant invaders through a com­bin­a­tion of pre-adaptation, where poly­ploids have a higher sur­vival rate and fit­ness in the earli­est estab­lish­ment phase, and the pos­sib­il­ity for sub­sequent adapt­a­tion due to a lar­ger gene pool. Alternatively, poly­ploid­iz­a­tion may play an import­ant role by restor­ing sexual repro­duc­tion after hybrid­iz­a­tion or, con­versely, allow­ing for asexual repro­duc­tion in the absence of suit­able mates.

Annals of Botany Office.

The Annals of Botany Office is based at the University of Leicester.

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