H: Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rhododendron diaprepes X sutchuenense is a Diploid

Rhododendron diaprepes X Rhododendron sutchuenense has been determined to be a diploid 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 diaprepes 'Gargantua', which is a tetraploid, may have been one of the parents in the cross of Rhododendron diaprepes X Rhododendron sutchuenense. Neotetraploids can produce diploid offspring.

Rhododendron diaprepes is most likely a diploid species.

Summary of Ploidy Levels

Diploid Rhododendron diaprepes X Rhododendron sutchuenense,
Tetraploid Rhododendron diaprepes 'Gargantua'

Source: Al Fitzburg

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