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J Biol. 2010;9(3):18. doi: 10.1186/jbiol233. Epub 2010 Mar 29.

The mathematics of sexual attraction.

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Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, P-2780-156 Oeiras, Portugal and Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências, Depto, Biologia Vegetal, Campo Grande C2, P-1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal. jfeijo@fc.ul.pt

Abstract

Pollen tubes follow attractants secreted by the ovules. In a recent paper in BMC Plant Biology, Stewman and colleagues have quantified the parameters of this attraction and used them to calibrate a mathematical model that reproduces the process and enables predictions on the nature of the female attractant and the mechanisms of the male response.

PMID:
20353548
PMCID:
PMC2871514
DOI:
10.1186/jbiol233
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