University of Lincoln Summary: Plants with a particular breeding system change their sex depending on how much light they receive, new scientific research has revealed. Gynodioecy is a breeding system that is found in certain flowering plant species in which female and hermaphroditic plants coexist within a population. Gynodioecy is the evolutionary intermediate stage between hermaphrodite plants each flower has both male and female parts and dioecious populations each plant having either only male or female flowers. The ability to change sex in response to the environment has been studied extensively in dioecious plants but this new research has revealed that gynodioecious plants also change sex depending on their environment. The results of a four-year study by researchers at the University of Lincoln, UK, show that the level of light received by the plant has a significant effect on sexual expression and reproductive output.
New research sheds light on why plants change sex -- ScienceDaily
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