Section 6
Chapter 5,188

Dna synthesis in microspores in anther culture of wheat triticum aestivum l

Zeng J Z.

Acta Botanica Sinica 30(2): 140-145


ISSN/ISBN: 0577-7496
Accession: 005187570

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Anthers with mid-uninucleate microspores were cultured on W5 medium supplemented with 0.5 mg/l kinetin, 2 mg/1 2,4-D and 9% or 3% sucrose. At a series of interval (0,1,1.5.2... 14 days) after cultured, the anthers were labelled with 3H-thymidine (4 .mu.Ci/ml) for 24 h, fixed, and then performed autoradiography according to conventional method. Results show that after cultured for 24 h, 3H-thymidine was incorporated into some late-uninucleate microspores, and after for 2.5 days, vegetative nuclei in pollen grains were labelled (4). Usually, vegetative nuclei were labelled frequently and generative ones were labelled rarely. Sometimes generative cell which could synthesize DNA might develop suspensor-like structure individually. During early stage of development of a multicellular pollen grain, the cells were synchronized. With pollen development, the synchronism of DNA synthesis was destroyed. When anthers were cultured on medium with 3% sucrose, DNA in microspores could be synthesized normally, and the number of labelled microspores was more than that of anthers cultured on medium with 9% sucrose. However, on medium with 3% sucrose, the nuclei in microspores stopped dividing ater one or two divisions and the cell wall of them could not be formed and multicellular pollen was not observed. It seems that the absence of multicellular pollen on medium with 3% sucrose was primarily due to the block of cell division and cell wall formation, not due to the interruption of DNA synthesis.

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