, Volume 228, Issue 4, pp 167–177

Nuclear DNA contents, rDNAs, and karyotype evolution in subgenus Vicia: III. The heterogeneous section Hypechusa


  • P. Caputo
    • Sezione di Biologia Vegetale, Dipartimento delle Scienze BiologicheUniversità di Napoli Federico II
    • Dipartimento di Agrobiologia ed AgrochimicaUniversità della Tuscia
  • G. Venora
    • Stazione Sperimentale di Granicoltura per la Sicilia
  • C. Ravalli
    • Stazione Sperimentale di Granicoltura per la Sicilia
  • M. Ambrosio
    • Dipartimento di Scienze BotanicheUniversità di Pisa
  • R. Cremonini
    • Dipartimento di Scienze BotanicheUniversità di Pisa

DOI: 10.1007/s00709-006-0158-2

Cite this article as:
Caputo, P., Frediani, M., Venora, G. et al. Protoplasma (2006) 228: 167. doi:10.1007/s00709-006-0158-2


Nuclear DNA contents, automated karyotype analyses, and sequences of internal transcribed spacers from ribosomal genes have been determined in the species belonging to section Hypechusa of the subgenus Vicia. Karyomorphological results and phylogenetic data generated from the comparison of rDNA (genes coding for rRNA) sequences showed that sect. Hypechusa is not monophyletic; however, some monophyletic units are apparent (one including Vicia galeata, V. hyrcanica, V. noeana, and V. tigridis, another including V. assyriaca, V. hybrida, V. melanops, V. mollis, and V. sericocarpa), which partly correspond to morphology-based infrasectional groups. The relationships among these species and the species in sections Faba, Narbonensis, Bithynicae, and Peregrinae have been also investigated.

Keywords: Vicia species; Section Hypechusa; Karyotype; Nuclear DNA content; DNA sequence; Phylogeny.

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