H: Thursday, June 16, 2011

'Kurume Snow' is a Diploid

Rhododendron 'Kurume Snow', which is documented to be a Kurume azalea, has been determined to be a diploid using flow cytometry by

Dr. João Loureiro, Dr. Silvia Castro, José Cerca Oliveira, and Mariana Castro
Plant Ecology and Evolution Group,
Centre for Functional Ecology,
Department of Life Sciences,
Faculty of Science and Technology,
University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Rhododendron 'Snow' tests at the lowest most end of the range for diploid Rhododendrons which may indicate that evergreen azaleas have a smaller genome size than most other Rhododendrons.

Summary of Ploidy Levels

Diploid 'H. H. Hume',
Diploid 'Kurume Snow'

Source: Mike Creel

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