Lotus corniculatus regulates offspring quality through selective fruit abortion.

A. G. Stephenson, J. A. Winsor

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Each inflorescence on Lotus corniculatus commonly aborts about half of its immature fruits. Natural patterns of fruit abortion produce mature fruits that contain significantly more seeds. Moreover, these progeny are more likely to germinate, are more vigorous as seedlings, and have greater reproductive output as adults. L. corniculatus selectively aborts those fruits with the fewest seeds and, by doing so, increases the average quality of its offspring. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-458
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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