, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 445–449

Gene pools in Phaseolus and Vigna cultigens

  • J. Smartt

DOI: 10.1007/BF00034009

Cite this article as:
Smartt, J. Euphytica (1981) 30: 445. doi:10.1007/BF00034009


The nature and extent of the gene pools in cultigens of the genera Phaseolus and Vigna, as indicated by studies of experimental interspecific hybridization, are reviewed. In all cases a primary gene pool exists comprising conspecific wild and cultivated forms.

Secondary gene pools have been established for Phaseolus vulgaris-Ph. coccineus, Vigna radiata-V. mungo and V. angularis-V. umbellata but not for V. unguiculata and for Voandzeia subterranea. Tertiary gene-pools apparently exist for all Phaseolus cultigens and the Asiatic grams but not for V. unguiculata and V. subterranea as far as is known.

Index words

Gene pool differentiationInterspecific hybridizationPhaseolus speciesVigna speciesAzukiaVoandzeiagenetic isolating mechanisms

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© Veenman B.V. 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Smartt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyThe UniversitySouthamptonEngland