Cells and organisms containing more than two paired (homologous) sets of chromosomes.

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Why are published chromosome counts for polyploids often incorrect by an integer multiplication factor of the original diploid like count?

Why are published chromosome counts (done using techniques such as root smashes) for polyploidy flowering plants often incorrect by a multiplication factor of 2 or 3 from the original diploid like ...
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What causes isolated neotetraploids to reduce the number of chromosomes over time? [on hold]

What reduction events can cause an isolated (sexually or geographically) neotetraploid population to reduce the number of chromosomes after the initial polyploidy event? Fusions events have reduced ...
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Differing Flow Cytometry Genome Sizes and Sexual Mating Implies Differing Chromosome Counts

Do the fundamental principles of genetics strongly suggest the following is a derived conjecture? If 2 flowering plant species A and B have widely differing genome size (at a minimum a 50% ...
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Can flow cytometric analysis differentiate between a parent contributing longer chromosomes versus multiple smaller chromosomes?

For flowering plants, can flow cytometry of seed from muti-generational interaction of two species and their offspring help us decide if wide differences in genome size for the two species and their ...
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Does polyploidy always isolate the polyploids from the diploid source population?

I am receiving conflicting information while researching polyploid speciation. On the one hand, some sources state that a polyploid can only reproduce sexually with polyploids having the same number ...
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Why does polyploidy give an evolutionary advantage?

I would like to know what advantages polyploidy holds. I have come across a few examples during my research of polyploidy, for example human adults' hearts contain 27% diploid, 71% tetraploid and 2% ...
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What is doubling of genetic material invented in flowering plants?

David Attenborough in his Kingdom of Plants 3D said, that flowering plants made two inventions: (1) doubling of genetic material and (2) symbiosis with animals. What was meant by "doubling of genetic ...
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Can diploidy evolve in absence of sexual reproduction?

Theoretical question Can diploidy (or polyploidy) evolve from a haploid lineage in the absence of sexual reproduction ? For what theoretical reason? How can such evolution take place? Empirical ...
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Speciation by polyploidy

Speciation can occur by polyploidy. My understanding of the process is as follows: 'polyploidy is when the number of chromosomes in an organism's cell doubles. This means that the organism has more ...
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Are there any mammals in which polyspermy produces viable zygotes?

Are there any mammals in which polyspermy produces viable zygotes? In the wikipedia page it is mentioned that there is a delicate equilibrium between female defenses against many sperms, which ...
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Why was polyploidy not lethal in certain octodontid rodents?

As discussed in Why is polyploidy lethal for some organisms while for others is not?, polyploidy is normally lethal in mammals. However, two species of Octodontidae (South American rodents), are ...
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Sequencing the genomes of polyploid organisms

I've done some transcriptomics work in the past with a polyploid organism, and this presented some unique challenges in the data processing and analysis. Since then, I have been brainstorming about ...
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Why is polyploidy lethal for some organisms while for others is not?

Polyploidy is the multiplication of number of chromosomal sets from 2n to 3n (triploidy), 4n (tetraploidy) and so on. It is quite common in plants, for example many crops like wheat or Brassica forms. ...