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Cultivated potato chloroplast DNA differs from the wild type by one deletion — evidence and implications


The chloroplast DNA (ctDNA) of Solanum tuberosum ssp. tuberosum (T type) and S. chacoense (W type) yield five different restriction fragment patterns with five different restriction endonucleases. DNA-DNA hybridization tests revealed that these differences were all caused by one physical deletion (about 400 bp in size) in the ctDNA of ssp. tuberosum. This suggests that T type ctDNA of the common potato and of Chilean tuberosum originated from W type ctDNA. The deleted region of the T type ctDNA is probably not concerned with gene-cytoplasmic male sterility.

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Hosaka, K., de Zoeten, G.A. & Hanneman, R.E. Cultivated potato chloroplast DNA differs from the wild type by one deletion — evidence and implications. Theoret. Appl. Genetics 75, 741–745 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00265598

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Key words

  • Solanum tuberosum ssp. tuberosum
  • Chloroplast DNA
  • Deletion
  • Solanum
  • Potato