, Volume 164, Issue 2, pp 357–363 | Cite as

Breeding potential of Solanum tuberosumS. commersonii pentaploid hybrids: fertility studies and tuber evaluation

  • I. Caruso
  • L. Castaldi
  • G. Caruso
  • L. Frusciante
  • D. Carputo


Twenty-one (near) pentaploid hybrids between sexually incompatible Solanum commersonii [2x(1EBN)] and cultivated S. tuberosum [4x(4EBN)] were characterized for tuber traits and fertility. A number of genotypes resembled the S. tuberosum type in terms of stolon length and eye depth and produced tubers under long day conditions. Tuber yields were not as high as expected, probably due to lack of adaptation of the S. commersonii genome to the environmental conditions in southern Italy (on average 325 g·pt−1 and 285 g·pt−1 in 2003 and in 2004, respectively). Compared to 2004, in the summer of 2003, characterized by extremely high temperatures, hybrids gave a higher tuber yield than the S. tuberosum control, suggesting that in our environmental conditions the wild S. commersonii genome, rather than resulting in heterosis for tuber yield, provides better adaptation to harsh environments. Although aneuploidy has often been associated with reduced fertility, several hybrids were fertile in crosses with S. tuberosum when used as female parents. In particular, the average berry set and number of seeds per berry were 38.2% and 31.8%, respectively. Based on significant relationships between ploidy levels and all yield and fertility data measured, the presence of extra chromosome affected the parameters considered: tuber yield in 2003 and 2004, percentage of fruit set, number of seeds per berry and number of seeds per pollinated flower. Regression analysis also indicated that “Residuals” were significant for all parameters measured. Therefore, additional factors (e.g. the genetic makeup of hybrids) may be key to fertility and yield.


Endosperm balance number Interspecific hybridization Pentaploids S. commersonii Solanum tuberosum  Tuber traits 



Contribution no. 161 from Dept. Soil, Plant, Environmental and Animal Production Sciences. The authors thank Mr. R. Garramone for his technical help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Caruso
    • 1
  • L. Castaldi
    • 1
  • G. Caruso
    • 1
  • L. Frusciante
    • 1
  • D. Carputo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Soil, Plant, Environmental and Animal Production SciencesUniversity of NaplesPorticiItaly

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