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Euphytica

, Volume 70, Issue 1–2, pp 21–26 | Cite as

Characterization of five improved varieties and one wild accession of Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis L.) by isozyme analysis and assessment of genetic distances

  • P. Verron
  • M. Le Nard
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Abstract

Five cultivated forms and one wild accession of Lily of the Valley, Convallaria majalis L., have been investigated to estimate their genetic diversity and their genetic distances. Five enzyme systems were studied: esterase, acid phosphatase, peroxydase, phosphoglucomutase and superoxyde dismutase. Esterase system gave the lowest polymorphism, peroxydase and phosphoglucomutase systems gave the highest polymorphism. Grandiflora of Nantes, German and Fortunea Lily of the Valley appeared to be genetically different. In addition the Fortunea type which is a tetraploid form does not result in a polyploidization of any diploid types studied in this report. These cultivated forms could be the result of a natural and/or directed selection from wild Lily of the Valley.

Key words

Lily of the Valley Convallaria majalis isozymes genetic distances variation genetic diversity 

Abbreviations

EST-

Esterase

AP-

Acid phosphatase

PGM-

Phosphoglucomutase

PER-

Peroxydase

SOD-

Superoxyde dismutase

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Verron
    • 1
  • M. Le Nard
    • 1
  1. 1.Station d'Amélioration de la Pomme de Terre et des Plantes à BulbesI.N.R.A.PloudanielFrance

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