Reproductive isolation of triticum boeoticum and triticum urartu and the origin of the tetra ploid wheats

Johnson, B.L.; Dhaliwal, H.S.

American Journal of Botany 63(8): 1088-1094


ISSN/ISBN: 0002-9122
DOI: 10.2307/2441653
Accession: 006317026

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The diploid wheats T. boeoticum and T. urartu are sympatric with one another throughout the geographic range of the wild tetraploids. Reciprocal crosses between ecogeographic types within each diploid species gave viable seed, but interspecific crosses consistently gave viable seed only when T. boeoticum was the female parent. Apparently T. urartu cytoplasm in combination with the T. boeoticum genome resulted in nonviable seed. The endosperm failed to develop normally despite regular endosperm fertilization. The F1 plants obtained were completely self sterile although they showed regular intergenomic pairing (7II) at meiosis. Presumably the accumulation of cryptic differences between the 2 closely related genomes under reproductive isolation accounts for this sterility. The same accumulated cryptic differences could largely account for the preferential diploid pairing in the tetraploid wheats which presumably were derived from such hybrids by chromosome doubling. The behavior of reciprocal crosses between the diploids and tetraploids suggested that T. boeoticum contributed the cytoplasm to both of the wild tetraploid species.