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Estimation of preferential pairing in tetraploid x diploid hybridizations

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Crosses made between tetraploid and diploid, 2n pollen-producing species directly transfer from one-half to the entire diploid genome from the diploid to the tetraploid level, depending on the mechanism of 2n pollen formation and the amount of crossing-over that occurs. Tetraploid plants that result from tetraploid x diploid hybridizations can be further utilized in a breeding program. It is postulated that preferential pairing between homologous chromosomes derived from the original tetraploid or diploid parent occurs in the tetraploid x diploid hybrid. Depending on the genetic divergence of the species involved, preferential pairing of homologous chromosomes may range from zero to one. Theoretical estimates of the amount of preferential pairing and the standard errors of these estimates are derived for cases where the diploid parent produces 2n gametes by either a first division or a second division restitution mechanism.

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Haynes, K.G., Potts, W.E. & Camp, M.J. Estimation of preferential pairing in tetraploid x diploid hybridizations. Theoret. Appl. Genetics 81, 504–508 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00219440

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Key words

  • 4x
  • 2x hybridization
  • 2n gametes
  • Preferential pairing