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Science - Chapter 5 - Advantages and Disadvantages of Asexual Reproduction

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Advantage
• Large numbers of offspring are reproduced very quickly from only one parent when conditions are favourable.
Advantage
• Large colonies can form that can out-compete other organisms for nutrients and water.
Advantage
• Large numbers of organisms mean that species may survive when conditions or the number of predators change.
Advantage
• Energy is not required to find a mate.
Disadvantage
• Offspring are genetic clones. A negative mutation can make asexually produced organisms susceptible to disease and can destroy large numbers of offspring.
Disadvantage
• Some methods of asexual reproduction produce offspring that are close together and compete for food and space.
Disadvantage
• Unfavourable conditions such as extreme temperatures can wipe out entire colonies.