, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 263-269

Microsatellite analysis of pollen flow in Rhododendron metternichii var. hondoense

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Microsatellite analysis was used to characterize the patterns of pollen flow in a 150 m × 70 m quadrat containing 18 flowering trees of Rhododendron metternichii Sieb. et Zucc. var. hondoense Nakai. Using six microsatellite genetic markers and exclusion analysis, we determined the paternal trees of 216 seedlings germinated from five fruits produced by four adults. Each fruit was pollinated by a small number of largely adjacent trees, but 20–30% of pollen came from outside the quadrat. Adult trees that produced many flowers had a high self-pollination rate. A directional flow of pollen from late-blooming trees to early ones was observed.