H: Thursday, December 01, 2011

"viscosum glaucum not" X 'Smoky Mountaineer' is a Triploid

"viscosum glaucum not" X Rhododendron calendulaceum 'Smoky Mountaineer', 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

Triploid "viscosum glaucum not" X Rhododendron calendulaceum 'Smoky Mountaineer'
Tetraploid Rhododendron calendulaceum
Tetraploid Rhododendron calendulaceum 'Smoky Mountaineer'

This seedling was grown on by

Lindy Johnson
Appalachian Native Plants
676 Waddell Road
PO Box 736
Mountain City, TN 37683

Source: John and Sally Perkins
Source: Appalachian Native Plants

John and Sally Perkins
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