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Inheritance of a Male-Sterile Character in Red Clover (Trifolium pratense L.)1


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  1. Vol. 11 No. 3, p. 326-327
    Received: Nov 11, 1969

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  1. R. R. Smith2



The inheritance of a male-sterile character in red clover was investigated within F1, BC1, and sib-mated F1 progeny. This character apparently is controlled by a single recessive gene. Anthers of homozygous recessive plants do not dehisce and, in general, contain nonstaining, shriveled pollen grains. Segregation in the BC1 and sib-mated F1 progeny gave a satisfactory fit to a ratio of three malefertile plants to one male-sterile plant. The symbol, ms1, is proposed for this single recessive gene in red clover.

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