Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 73, Issue 4, pp 563–570

Mitochondrial DNA diversity in the genera of Triticum and Aegilops revealed by southern blot hybridization

  • A. Breiman

DOI: 10.1007/BF00289195

Cite this article as:
Breiman, A. Theoret. Appl. Genetics (1987) 73: 563. doi:10.1007/BF00289195


Southern blot hybridization of total DNA to defined mitochondrial DNA sequences provides a sensitive assay for mtDNA variation in the genera of Triticum and Aegilops. A clear distinction between cytoplasms of tetraploid species sharing the “AG” haploid genome is reported for the first time. The Sitopsis section of the genus Aegilops showed the most extensive intra- and inter-specific variation, whereas no variation could be detected among the cytoplasms of polyploid Triticum species (wheats) sharing the AB haploid genome. Extensive cytoplasmic intraspecific diversity was revealed in Ae. speltoides.

Key words

Mitochondrial DNA Total DNA Triticum Aegilops 

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© Springer-Verlag 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Breiman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botany, The George S. Wise Faculty of Life SciencesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael