Chloroplast DNA inheritance and variation in Leucadendron species (Proteaceae) as revealed by PCR-RFLP

M. Pharmawati, Guijun Yan, R. Sedgley, Patrick Finnegan

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    The inheritance of chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) in Leucadendron species was studied by polymerase chain reaction–restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR–RFLP) analysis. A total of 100 progeny from five interspecific crosses involving seven parental species were tested, and all progeny exhibited the cpDNA restriction fragment pattern of the female parent, indicating that cpDNA in Leucadendron is maternally inherited. PCR-RFLP was also employed to study cpDNA variation among 21 Leucadendron species. Parsimony analysis using a heuristic search resulted in a phylogenetic tree that showed limited agreement to the taxonomic classification of Leucadendron species, based on morphological characteristics. The incongruence between cpDNA phylogenetic and taxonomic groupings in Leucadendron may be due to reticulate evolution involving a combination of hybridization and introgression, convergent evolution and/or lineage sorting at the interspecific, intersubsectional and intersectional levels.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1694-1701
    JournalTheoretical and Applied Genetics: international journal of plant breeding research
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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