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  1. Vol. 9 No. 2, p. 192-197
    Received: July 31, 1968

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Inheritance of Pubescence Type in Soybeans: Glabrous, Curly, Dense, Sparse, and Puberulent1

  1. R. L. Bernard and
  2. B. B. Singh2



F2 and F3 data from crosses of soybean strains with five aberrant pubescence types and strains with normal pubescence showed that each of the five differs from normal by a single gene pair and that the five loci segregate independently. Four of these genes occur in varieties from eastern Asia: P1 (glabrous), pc (curly pubescence), Pd (dense, three to four times the normal number of hairs), and Ps (sparse, a third to a fourth of the normal concentration of hairs); and the fifth originated as a mutant found in Iowa in 1924: P2 (puberulent). P1 (glabrous) appears to be epistatic to the other types, although Pd and Ps affect the density of the hair stubs visible on close inspection of glabrous plants. The genes pc and p2, affect the form of the hairs independently of the density effects of Pd and Ps. Pd and Ps interact with each other in an additive fashion in controlling hair density. The reported linkage between P1 p1 and R r (seed color) was confirmed.

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