H: Monday, September 05, 2011

Rhododendron arborescens X Rhododendron calendulaceum is a Triploid

One seedling of Rhododendron arborescens X Rhododendron calendulaceum has been determined to be a triploid using flow cytometry by

Dr. João Loureiro, Dr. Silvia Castro, José Cerca, 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 arborescens is diploid species. Rhododendron calendulaceum is a tetraploid species.

In the case of these triploid (39 chromosomes), a diploid crossed with a tetraploid produced a triploid indicating normal meiosis occurred where the diploid contributed a 1x gamete (13 chromosomes) and the tetraploid contributed a 2x gamete (26 chromosomes).

Summary of Ploidy Levels

Diploid Rhododendron arborescens,
Triploid 5 seedlings from Rhododendron occidentale SM189 X Rhododendron calendulaceum 'Colossus',
Tetraploid Rhododendron calendulaceum

Source: Bruce Clyburn

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