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Switching it up: algal insights into sexual transitions


Coelho,  SM
Department Algal Development and Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Coelho, S., & Umen, J. (2021). Switching it up: algal insights into sexual transitions. Plant Reproduction, 34(4), 287-296. doi:10.1007/s00497-021-00417-0.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-4C67-E
While the process of meiosis is highly conserved across eukaryotes, the sexual systems that govern life cycle phase transitions are surprisingly labile. Switches between sexual systems have profound evolutionary and ecological consequences, in particular for plants, but our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms and ultimate causes underlying these transitions is still surprisingly incomplete. We explore here the idea that brown and green algae may be interesting comparative models that can increase our understanding of relevant processes in plant reproductive biology, from evolution of gamete dimorphism, gametogenesis, sex determination and transitions in sex-determining systems.