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  • Open-pollinated family-level multilocus outcrossing rate estimates of Clarkia unguiculata (A–D) and C. xantiana ssp. xantiana (E–H) plotted against residuals from a multiple linear regression of photosynthetic rate on leaf node number and plant height measured in the field prior to flowering (open symbols) or during peak flowering (closed symbols).
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    Variation in outcrossing and photosynthetic rates in Clarkia reveals independent evolutionary transitions

    Adaptive hypotheses to explain the evolution of self-fertilisation in plants are well-characterised, but alternative evolutionary pathways are underexplored. The mating systems and photosynthetic rates of some sister Clarkia have diverged in parallel, an evolutionary pattern that could have evolved through genetic correlations or as a result of independent transitions. Ivey et al. examine photosynthetic and […] More

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    Carnivorous plants prefer to kill in broad daylight

    I owe thanks to Dr Andrej Pavlovič for being a patient guinea pig with my first press-release (you can find it on Science Daily) and to Lizzie Shannon-Little at OUP for helping put it out. It’s good timing because another paper by Pavlovič on carnivorous plants and photosynthesis is now a year old – which […] More