Asexual reproduction is the reproduction in which only one parent is involved, and do not require the fusion of gametes. It is a primary form of reproduction for single-celled organisms like bacteria, protists etc. However, there are certain fungi and plants that reproduce asexually. There are many advantages of asexual reproduction, some of which are as follows:
- The process of reproduction is extremely simple and thus is very rapid. Therefore, organisms that reproduce asexually multiply very quickly.
- The organisms can reproduce without the need of a partner, and thus these organisms multiply even in places where the population density is quite low.
- The pollen grain or organism need not travel to reproduce, thus a lot of energy is conserved is more discreet as a result.
- There is no mutation, and thus no variation at all among the species, which makes it very consistent without any bad quality getting in.
- It is a more reliable form of reproduction, as the process is very simple, and it is unlikely that anything would go wrong in the process.
Asexual reproduction is limited to a few organisms and is basically common among microorganisms, while most complex organisms reproduce sexually.