Plastid Genetics in Higher Plants

  • Rudolf Hagemann
Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)


In the first decade after the rediscovery of the Mendelian laws already some traits of non-Mendelian heredity were described. These were chlorophyll deficiencies of dicotyledons, the inheritance of which was analysed by Erwin Baur in Pelargonium zonale (1909) and Antirrhinum majus (1910) and by Carl Correns (1909) in Mirabilis jalapa. With this, the existence of two modes of plastid inheritance had been found, viz. biparental and uniparental maternal plastid inheritance. Only many decades later, hints were obtained at cases of uniparental paternal plastid inheritance in gymnosperms and possibly in angiosperms.


Sperm Cell Plastid Gene Pollen Mitosis Paternal Inheritance Chlorophyll Deficiency 
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  • Rudolf Hagemann
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  1. 1.Institute of Genetics, Biology SectionMartin-Luther-UniversityHalle (Saale)Federal Republic of Germany

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