Advantages and Disadvantages of Sexual and Asexual Reproduction Flashcards

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What is an advantage of sexual reproduction?

Produces genetic variation in the offspring. This allows the species to adapt to environmental changes and provides a selective advantage by natural selection.

What is a disadvantage of sexual reproduction?

It takes more time and energy to find mates, and it is not possible for isolated individuals to reproduce.

What is an advantage of asexual reproduction?

Requires only one parent, making it more time and energy efficient, and it is much faster than sexual reproduction.

What is a disadvantage of asexual reproduction?

There is no variation in the offspring, making the population vulnerable to environmental changes and likely to be affected by disease.

Name an organism that can reproduce both sexually and asexually.

The malaria parasite reproduces sexually inside the mosquito and asexually inside the human host.

How do strawberry plants reproduce asexually?

Strawberry plants send out runners that touch the soil and develop into new plants genetically identical to the parent.

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