Cell and Tissue Biology

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 215–222 | Cite as

Karyological characteristics of Siberian fir (Abies sibirica Ledeb.) in Central Siberia



Data are presented on the karyotype structure of the Siberian fir (Abies sibirica Ledeb.) from five populations of the Central Siberia. The chromosome set (2n = 24) contains seven pairs of metacentric (I–VII), four pairs of submetacentric (VIII and X–XII), and one pair of intercentric (IX) chromosomes. The morphometric parameters of the identified chromosome groups had close values in the studied populations. The variation coefficients of chromosomal parameters of the Siberian fir correspond to very low and low variability. The intraspecific chromosome polymorphism of the Siberian fir is connected mainly to variations in the number and peculiarities of the nucleolar organizing regions of chromosomes. In the territory with technogenic loading, a wide spectrum of genomic mutations of the mixoploidy type was observed in the seed off-spring of the Siberian fir; triploid seedlings, as well as rare cases of somatic reduction of chromosomes, were revealed.

Key words

Siberian fir karyotype secondary constrictions nucleoli mixoploidy polyploidy somatic reduction of chromosomes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.V.N. Sukachev Institute of ForestSiberian Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesKrasnoyarskRussia

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