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Pseudovivipary, a new form of asexual reproduction in the seagrass Posidonia oceanica

AutorBallesteros, Enric ; Cebrian, Emma ; García-Rubies, Antoni ; Alcoverro, Teresa ; Romero Martinengo, Javier; Font, Xavier
Palabras claveDispersal
Posidonia
Pseudovivipary
Seagrass
Reproduction
Fecha de publicaciónmay-2005
EditorWalter de Gruyter
CitaciónBotanica Marina 48 (2005): 175–177.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/BOT.2005.026
ResumenThe seagrass Posidonia oceanica is able to reproduce by asexual formation of plantlets directly in the inflorescence. Pseudoviviparous plantlets were observed during May 2004 in 26% of the inflorescences in a P. oceanica meadow off the island of Formentera (Balearic Islands, Western Mediterranean Sea). We do not know how frequently pseudovivipary occurs in Posidonia oceanica, nor the mechanisms triggering it, but this strategy can contribute significantly to short-distance dispersal and meadow maintenance, which is especially relevant in a species whose meadows can persist for thousands of years and whose colonization of new space occurs very slowly.
DescripciónShort communication
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/2993
DOI10.1515/BOT.2005.026
ISSN0006-8055
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