H: Saturday, December 03, 2011

'July Jester' X 'My Mary' is a Triploid

'July Jester' X 'My Mary', which is a John and Sally Perkins hybrid, has been determined to be a triploid using flow cytometry by

Dr. João Loureiro, Dr. Silvia Castro, 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.

In this case of this 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 cumberlandense
Diploid Rhododendron prunifolium
Triploid 'July Jester' X 'My Mary'
Tetraploid Rhododendron austrinum
Tetraploid 'My Mary'

Source: John and Sally Perkins

John and Sally Perkins
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