, Volume 66, Issue 1–2, pp 127–133 | Cite as

Rate and inheritance of cross-fertilization in faba bean (Vicia faba L.)

  • P. L. J. Metz
  • A. A. M. Buiel
  • A. van Norel
  • J. P. F. G. Helsper


To assess the feasibility for synthetic varieties of Vicia faba L., 108 faba bean genotypes were screened for cross-fertilization rate in five field experiments carried out in 1989 and 1990 at Wageningen.

Significant genotypic differences were observed for outcrossing rate, which ranged from 1 to 55%. These percentages, however, are thought to be not high enough for a commercially feasible production of synthetic varieties.

The inheritance of cross-fertilization rate, determined by testing the F4 generation of a cross between two inbreds, both with high outcrossing rates, appeared to be of a polygenic nature, as was indicated by the wide variation in, and the continous distribution of, the cross-fertilization rates. Among the F4 lines tested some had a significantly higher cross-fertilization rate than the parents. However, this difference was not found when these lines were retested, indicating that possibilities for successful selection for higher outcrossing rates might be limited.

Key words

faba bean inheritance outcrossing rate synthetic variety Vicia faba 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. L. J. Metz
    • 1
  • A. A. M. Buiel
    • 1
  • A. van Norel
    • 1
  • J. P. F. G. Helsper
    • 1
  1. 1.DLO-Centre for Plant Breeding and Reproduction Research (CPRO-DLO)WageningenThe Netherlands

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