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Effect of polyploidy and pollination methods on capsule and seed set of pansies (Viola x wittrockiana Gams)
Mendel University in Brno, Lednice, Czech Republic.
Mendel University in Brno, Lednice, Czech Republic.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Ecology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Horticultural Science, ISSN 0862-867X, Vol. 40, no 1, 22-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Pansy, Viola x wittrockiana, is a popular ornamental plant. Effects of polyploidy on phenotype and four pollination methods on capsule and seed set were studied using ten octoploid (2n = 8x) and two hexadecaploid (2n = 16x) genotypes, originating from induced mutagenesis. Principal component analysis, using 19 phenotypic, phenological and physiological characteristics, revealed that hexadecaploids showed larger differences to the corresponding standard cultivars than octoploids. Number of seed per capsule was similar among genotypes. Capsule set with open pollination was 32-64%, with self-pollination by hand 18-49% and with cross-pollination by hand 14-43%, while no plant successfully set capsules with seeds under isolators if not pollinated manually. Thus, Viola x wittrockiana is self-compatible but requires an agent-mediation for successful pollination. The induced phenotypes were found stable over four generations. Hexadecaploids had more attractive phenotypes but fewer seeds than octoploids. However, variation in seed set enabled selection of plants with high fertility, and average seed set increased over generations. Thus, new varieties, fulfilling aesthetic criteria as well as economic and agronomic traits, can be bred from induced mutagenesis.

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Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences , 2013. Vol. 40, no 1, 22-30 p.
Keyword [en]
garden pansy, fertility, self-compatibility, flow cytometry, phenotype
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-94332ISI: 000319024700004OAI: diva2:649065

Funding Agencies|Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic|MSM 435 100 02|

Available from: 2013-09-17 Created: 2013-06-24 Last updated: 2013-09-24Bibliographically approved

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