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Investigation of Differences in Fertility among Progenies from Self-Pollinated Chrysanthemum

College of Horticulture, Nanjing Agricultural University, Key Laboratory of Landscape Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Nanjing 210095, China
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(3), 832;
Received: 31 January 2018 / Revised: 6 March 2018 / Accepted: 9 March 2018 / Published: 13 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pollen Tube and Plant Reproduction)
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Most chrysanthemum cultivars are self-incompatible, so it is very difficult to create pure lines that are important in chrysanthemum breeding and theoretical studies. In our previous study, we obtained a self-compatible chrysanthemum cultivar and its self-pollinated seed set was 56.50%. It was interesting that the seed set of its ten progenies ranged from 0% to 37.23%. Examination of the factors causing the differences in the seed set will lead to an improved understanding of chrysanthemum self-incompatibility, and provide valuable information for creating pure lines. Pollen morphology, pollen germination percentage, pistil receptivity and embryo development were investigated using the in vitro culture method, the paraffin section technique, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Moreover, RNA sequencing and bioinformatics were applied to analyzing the transcriptomic profiles of mature stigmas and anthers. It was found that the self-pollinated seed set of “Q10-33-1①”,”Q10-33-1③”,”Q10-33-1④” and “Q10-33-1⑩” were 37.23%, 26.77%, 7.97% and 0%, respectively. The differences in fertility among four progenies were mainly attributable to differences in pollen germination percentage and pistil receptivity. Failure of the seed set in “Q10-33-1⑩” was possibly due to self-incompatibility. In the transcriptomic files, 22 potential stigma S genes and 8 potential pollen S genes were found out. View Full-Text
Keywords: Chrysanthemum morifolium; self-incompatibility; seed set; RNA-seq; S genes Chrysanthemum morifolium; self-incompatibility; seed set; RNA-seq; S genes

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Wang, F.; Zhong, X.; Wang, H.; Song, A.; Chen, F.; Fang, W.; Jiang, J.; Teng, N. Investigation of Differences in Fertility among Progenies from Self-Pollinated Chrysanthemum. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 832.

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