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1 August 2007 EFFECTS OF POLLEN LOAD SIZE ON SEED PATERNITY IN WILD RADISH: THE ROLES OF POLLEN COMPETITION AND MATE CHOICE
Diane L. Marshall, Marieken G. M. Shaner, Jon-Paul Oliva
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For sexual selection to be important in plants, it must occur at pollen load sizes typical of field populations. However, studies of the impact of pollen load size on pollen competition have given mixed results, perhaps because so few of these studies directly examined the outcome of mating when pollen load size was varied. We asked whether seed paternity after mixed pollination of wild radish was affected by pollen load sizes ranging from 22 to 220 pollen grains per stigma. We examined the seed siring abilities of 12 pollen donors across 11 maternal plants. Seed paternity was statistically indistinguishable across the pollen load sizes even though, overall, the pollen donors sired different numbers of seeds. This lack of effect of pollen load size on seed paternity may have occurred because fruit abortion and early abortion or failure of fertilization of seeds increased as load size decreased. Thus, failures of fruits and seeds sired by poorer pollen donors may keep seed paternity constant across pollen load sizes.

Diane L. Marshall, Marieken G. M. Shaner, and Jon-Paul Oliva "EFFECTS OF POLLEN LOAD SIZE ON SEED PATERNITY IN WILD RADISH: THE ROLES OF POLLEN COMPETITION AND MATE CHOICE," Evolution 61(8), 1925-1937, (1 August 2007). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00167.x
Received: 5 February 2007; Published: 1 August 2007
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mate choice
pollen competition
pollen load size
Raphanus sativusx
seed paternity
wild radish
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