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Cryptic sex within male-sterile polyploid populations of the Easter daisy, Townsendia hookeri
Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, Université de Montréal, Canada.
2008 (English)In: International journal of plant sciences, ISSN 1058-5893, Vol. 169, no 1, 183-193 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

After a transition from sexuality to asexuality, the evolutionary dynamics in apomictic lineages will largely depend on the frequency of recombination. We evaluated the presence and extent of asexuality and recombination within populations of the Easter daisy, Townsendia hookeri, from the Yukon Territory, Canada. Amplified fragment-length polymorphism (AFLP) fingerprints were used to genotype 78 individuals from four populations. Multilocus AFLP genotypes from each population were subjected to four tests for deviations from free recombination among loci, and the long-term frequency of sexuality was estimated for each population with a novel procedure. In addition, a sample of individuals was surveyed for genome size using flow cytometry, and pollen was assayed for male fertility. One male-fertile, diploid population showed evidence of rampant recombination. Two male-sterile populations (i.e., with aborted anthers) were tetraploid and asexual. The remaining population was male-sterile and included both triploids and tetraploids. Evidence of both sexuality and asexuality was uncovered in this mixed-ploidy population, at an equilibrium rate of approximately three sexual events every two generations. The presence and extent of sexuality differed with ploidy, while cryptic sex was uncovered within a morphologically asexual population, thus reinforcing the power of genome surveys to assess reproductive dynamics at the limit of a plant's geographical range.

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University of Chicago Press, 2008. Vol. 169, no 1, 183-193 p.
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agamospermy, apomixis, asexual reproduction, polyploidy, recombination, sexuality rate, Townsendia hookeri
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Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67098DOI: 10.1086/523363ISI: 000252245600015OAI: diva2:610629
Available from: 2013-03-12 Created: 2013-03-12 Last updated: 2013-04-05Bibliographically approved

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