Distinguishing between self-incompatibility and other reproductive barriers in plants using male (MCC) and female (FCC) coefficient of crossability

N. O. Anderson, B. E. Liedl, P. D. Ascher, S. L. Desborough

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Abstract

It is difficult to assess self-incompatibility (SI) as a phenomenon or to distinguish it from other reproductive barriers. Our objective was to demonstrate a method of separating reproductive barriers and other factors affecting SI expression. The analysis consists of four parts: (1) calculating male (MCC) and female (FCC) coefficients of crossability using seed set from a diallel crossing design; (2) determining significant male and female differences using a 1:1 paired Chi-square test; (3) constructing scatter diagrams of FCC versus MCC; (4) performing linear regression analysis between FCC and MCC. Diallel data from eight genera with various reproductive barriers were used to illustrate and validate the usefulness of this method. SI can be distinguished from other reproductive barriers (incongruity, inbreeding depression, post-fertilization phenomena) using 1:1 Chisquare and regression analysis. In addition, the incorporation of ovule counts is crucial for demarcating the SI phenomenon in species where ovule numbers vary between self- and outcross pollinations. Male and female steriles can be identified with the MCC/FCC equations and subsequently removed from further analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-126
Number of pages11
JournalSexual Plant Reproduction
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1989

Keywords

  • Inbreeding depression
  • Incongruity
  • Post-fertilization phenomena
  • Self compatibility
  • Self incompatibility

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