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Chapter 4: - Parental Investment in Sexual Reproduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 September 2019

Giuseppe Fusco
Affiliation:
Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Alessandro Minelli
Affiliation:
Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
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Chapter 4 deals with investment in reproduction by organisms, first considering the destiny and care of the products of reproduction and the alternative between oviparity and viviparity, followed by a brief mention of the forms of parental care given to the offspring by one or other parent, or both. Some energetic and metabolic aspects of reproduction, in particular vitellogenesis in animals and the formation of endosperm in flowering plants, are also considered, concluding with a short section on the various strategies of parental investment, including different fecundity/fertility levels, considered against different environmental contexts.

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Print publication year: 2019

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