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Research Article

Does Sex Speed Up Evolutionary Rate and Increase Biodiversity?

  • Carlos J. Melián mail,

    carlos.melian@eawag.ch

    Affiliations: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America, Center for Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland

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  • David Alonso,

    Affiliation: Community and Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

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  • Stefano Allesina,

    Affiliations: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Richard S. Condit,

    Affiliation: Center for Tropical Forest Science, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Ancon, Republic of Panama

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  • Rampal S. Etienne

    Affiliation: Community and Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

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  • Published: March 08, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002414

About the Authors

Carlos J. Melián, Stefano Allesina
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
Carlos J. Melián
Center for Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland
David Alonso, Rampal S. Etienne
Community and Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
Stefano Allesina
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Richard S. Condit
Center for Tropical Forest Science, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Ancon, Republic of Panama

Corresponding Author

Email: carlos.melian@eawag.ch

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CJM SA. Performed the experiments: CJM DA SA. Analyzed the data: CJM DA SA RSC. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: CJM DA SA RSC RSE. Wrote the paper: CJM DA SA RSC RSE.