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The mathematics of sexual attraction

José A Feijó

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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

Journal of Biology 2010, 9:18  doi:10.1186/jbiol233

Published: 29 March 2010


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.

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