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Microarthropods mediate sperm transfer in mosses

Cronberg, Nils LU ; Natcheva, Rayna LU and Hedlund, Katarina LU (2006) In Science 313(5791). p.1255-1255
Abstract
Among flowering plants, animals commonly act as pollinators. We showed that fertile moss shoots attract springtails and mites, which in turn carry moss sperm, thereby enhancing the fertilization process. Previously, fertilization of mosses was thought to depend on the capacity of individual sperm to swim through a continuous water layer. The role of microarthropods in moss fertilization resembles the role of animals as pollinators of flowering plants but may be evolutionarily much older because of the antiquity of the organism groups involved.
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313
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1095-9203
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10.1126/science.1128707
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  abstract     = {Among flowering plants, animals commonly act as pollinators. We showed that fertile moss shoots attract springtails and mites, which in turn carry moss sperm, thereby enhancing the fertilization process. Previously, fertilization of mosses was thought to depend on the capacity of individual sperm to swim through a continuous water layer. The role of microarthropods in moss fertilization resembles the role of animals as pollinators of flowering plants but may be evolutionarily much older because of the antiquity of the organism groups involved.},
  author       = {Cronberg, Nils and Natcheva, Rayna and Hedlund, Katarina},
  issn         = {1095-9203},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5791},
  pages        = {1255--1255},
  publisher    = {American Association for the Advancement of Science},
  series       = {Science},
  title        = {Microarthropods mediate sperm transfer in mosses},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1128707},
  volume       = {313},
  year         = {2006},
}