Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 101–105

Temporal heterogeneity of outcrossing rates in alpine ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis R.T. Bak.)

  • G. F. Moran
  • A. H. D. Brown

DOI: 10.1007/BF00253877

Cite this article as:
Moran, G.F. & Brown, A.H.D. Theoret. Appl. Genetics (1980) 57: 101. doi:10.1007/BF00253877


Three seed crops of a Eucalyptus delegatensis population were assayed for their allozyme genotype at three loci to determine estimates of mating system parameters. In the pollen the allelic frequencies at each of the three loci were similar to those in the parents and the progeny. Overall there was a significant amount of inbreeding (23%) in the population. The levels of outcrossing in each crop were significantly different from each other indicating apparent temporal variation in outcrossing rates. The outcrossing rate was greatest in the oldest crop (85%) and lowest in the most recent crop (66%). Mean heterozygosity in the progeny of all three crops was less than the heterozygosity in the parents indicating that selection favours heterozygotes during the life cycle. The implications of a ‘balanced’ mixed mating system for a eucalypt breeding program are discussed.

Key words

EucalyptusAllozyme variationBreeding systemInbreedingLife cycles

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© Springer-Verlag 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. F. Moran
    • 1
  • A. H. D. Brown
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Forest ResearchCSIROCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Division of Plant IndustryCSIROCanberraAustralia