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Related to self-fertilization: cross-fertilization


Fertilization by male gametes from the same individual, as by sperm from the same animal in hermaphroditic species or by pollen from the same plant.

self′-fer′til·ized′ (-īzd′) adj.
self′-fer′til·iz′ing adj.




(Biology) fertilization in a plant or animal by the fusion of male and female gametes produced by the same individual. Compare cross-fertilization
ˌself-ˈfertile adj
ˌself-ˈfertiˌlized, ˌself-ˈfertiˌlised adj
ˌself-ˈfertiˌlizing, ˌself-ˈfertiˌlising adj


fertilization of the ovum by a male gamete of the same individual.
self′-fer′tilized, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-fertilization - fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from the same individual
fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization, impregnation - creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
autogamy - self-fertilization in plants
cross-fertilisation, cross-fertilization - fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individual of the same species
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Pre-zygotic barriers to self-fertilization have not been directly investigated in these animals; if rigid mechanisms do exist, embryos could still be produced via automixis.
London, Oct 22 (ANI): Plants and animals, that have sex with a partner rather than doing it alone via self-fertilization, give their offspring a better chance for longer lives, says a new study.
The shift conferred traits such as self-fertilization and bigger seeds.
As a mode of reproduction, self-fertilization has a number of advantages when compared to cross-fertilization (Fisher 1941; Nagylaki 1976; Shields 1982).
The effective proportion of self-fertilization with consanguineous matings in inbred populations.
Coe (1931) suggested that the incidence of self-fertilization in hermaphroditic species was decreased by packaging spermatozoa in spheres.
However, at least some degree of self-fertilization appeared to be unavoidable during the release of the eggs from the broodstock.
Many botanists have theorized that left-and right-leaning styles reduce self-fertilization of plants, though data for this have been scarce.
e(v)] with the natural rate of self-fertilization (s) of species and that can be derived from Cockerham's (1969) intraclass correlation approach is given by [N.
Yet plants have a variety of means to avoid self-fertilization and other forms of inbreeding (Darwin 1877, 1895; Yampolski and Yampolski 1922; Fryxell 1957; Lewis 1979).
Unlike most animals, plants are capable of reproducing by outcrossing, self-fertilization, and/or vegetative reproduction.
We unexpectedly observed a high frequency of self-fertilization among the laboratory-reared "virgins.