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Natural and Mass Selection Estimates of Relative Fitness for the Soybean rps Gene1


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  1. Vol. 12 No. 1, p. 75-76
    Received: June 9, 1971

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  1. R. I. Buzzell and
  2. Jerry H. Haas2



Relative-fitness estimates were obtained for the rps gene that controls susceptibility to phytophthora rot in the soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] Composites of resistant and susceptible varieties carrying phenotypic markers were used. With natural selection under epiphytotic conditions, rpsrps was 75% as reproductive as RpsRps in 2 years and only 35% as reproductive in another year. Mass selection through sieving for larger seed further reduced the relative fitness of rpsrps. The estimates were applied to a theoretical bulk-hybrid population segregating for Rps and rps to show the probable effects of natural and mass selection in increasing the proportion of resistant plants.

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