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Of, relating to, or involving a form of reproduction in which recombination of genes from different individuals occurs without meiosis and fertilization, as in some fungi.

par′a·sex′u·al′i·ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
par′a·sex′u·al·ly adv.
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(Genetics) of or relating to any form of reproduction in which the recombination of genes occurs by a process other than the fusion of gametes
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(ˌpær əˈsɛk ʃu əl)
of or pertaining to reproduction by recombination of DNA from genetically distinct individuals without the process of meiosis, as in bacterial conjugation or the fusion of nuclei within a multinucleate fungal cell.

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However, factors such as mutations, migration and the parasexual cycle (Anderson and Kohn, 1995; Brown and Wolfe, 1990; McDonald and McDermott, 1993; Zeigler et al., 1995) can interact to create or maintain high levels of genetic diversity as observed in P.
Loera and Cordova [27] used parasexual recombination to isolate diploid strain (D4) from two xylanase overproducing mutants of A.
This led to the hypothesis that some WO switchable and a/a strains occurred parasexual reproduction and changed from diploid to tetraploid.
Mycelial compatibility is a prerequisite for the occurrence of the parasexual cycle, a mechanism of genetic recombination in fungi that do not reproduce sexually as those in the genus Alternaria (STEWART et al., 2013).
As the pathogen has no sexual phase, genetic diversity is produced either by fusion of vegetative cells or by parasexual recombination between nuclear genes (Carlile, 1986).
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bassiana arising from successive subculturing are a consequence of genetic changes due to the parasexual cycle, which was reported by Paccola-Meirelles and Azevedo (1991), and that monosporic isolates can be used in addition to passage through the host.
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Specifically, in the states that preceded the play's debut, Williams amplified Ralph Bates's parasexual interplay with both Isabel Haverstick and Isabel's husband George, thus presenting proscribed pairings as credible impediments to comic closure rather than alluring if airy obstacles.
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Varios factores geneticos asexuales como la recombinacion parasexual, mutacion y otros procesos contribuyen a la variacion entre los nucleos en un solo organismo (talo).