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Chromosomal Polymorphism as Detected by C-Banding Patterns in Chilean Alfalfa Germplasm 1


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  1. Vol. 42 No. 4, p. 1291-1297
    Received: Dec 29, 2000

    * Corresponding author(s): BauchanG@ba.ars.usda.gov
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  1. Gary R. Bauchan *,
  2. T. Austin Campbell and
  3. M. Azhar Hossain
  1. USDA-ARS, Soybean Genomics and Improvement Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD 20705


A cytogenetic investigation was conducted on the tetraploid alfalfa [Medicago sativa subsp. sativa (L.) L. & L.] Chilean germplasm source PI 536534 using the combined techniques of C-banding and image analysis. Cluster and multiple correspondence analyses were utilized to compare the C-banding patterns of the Chilean germplasm source and the previously published African germplasm source. Cytogenetic analyses revealed polymorphisms for heterochromatic DNA in the 19 plants observed in detail. Abundant variability in the number, intensity, and location of constitutive heterochromatic DNA was noted; however, this variability was not sufficient to preclude recognition of homologous chromosomes. Five out of the 50 plants studied were aneuploids (2n = 4x + 1 = 33 or 2n = 4x − 1 = 31) because of the presence or absence of a chromosome with a satellite. The Chilean karyotype resembled the reference tetraploid African alfalfa karyotype; however, a reduction in the total amount of heterochromatic DNA was observed. Cluster analysis and multiple correspondence analysis based on all eight alfalfa genome chromosomes yielded no clear separation of Chilean and African germplasms. However, the analysis of C-banding patterns of Homolog 1 of Chromosome 8 in Chilean and African germplasms was effective in separating the two germplasm sources with the exception of two individuals from each germplasm source which clustered together.

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Copyright © 2002. Crop Science Society of AmericaPublished in Crop Sci.42:1291–1297.