Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 90, Issue 2, pp 182–188 | Cite as

Molecular analysis of the inheritance of the S-5 locus, conferring wide compatibility in Indica/Japonica hybrids of rice (O. sativa L.)

  • S. Yanagihara
  • S. R. McCouch
  • K. Ishikawa
  • Y. Ogi
  • K. Maruyama
  • H. Ikehashi


RFLP analysis was conducted on a population derived from a three-way cross to determine the location of the hybrid sterility locus, S-5, in relation to mapped molecular markers and to identify markers that would be useful for selection in breeding. S-5 is of interest to rice breeders because it is associated with spikelet sterility of F1 hybrids in Indica/Japonica crosses. Identification of an S-5 allele which confers fertility in Indica/Japonica hybrids when introgressed into either the Indica or the Japonica parent has been reported. Varieties carrying this S-5n allele are known as “wide compatibility varieties (WCV)”. Our data suggests that RFLP marker RG213 on chromosome 6 is closely linked to the S-5 locus and can be efficiently used to identify wide compatibility (WC) lines. RG213 is a single-copy genomic clone that detects three bands of different molecular weights in DNA from Japonica (‘Akihikari’) and Indica (‘IR36’) varieties and WC line (‘Nekken 2’). We demonstrate that the three alleles detected by this marker could be used to trace the inheritance of the “wide compatible” phenotype in breeders' material.

Key words

Wide compatibility Oryza sativa RFLP markers Hybrid sterility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Yanagihara
    • 1
  • S. R. McCouch
    • 1
  • K. Ishikawa
    • 2
  • Y. Ogi
    • 3
  • K. Maruyama
    • 4
  • H. Ikehashi
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Plant Breeding and BiometryCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of HorticultureChiba UniversityChibaJapan
  3. 3.Kyoto prefectural tea industry Research InstituteKyotoJapan
  4. 4.Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries's Research Council, SecretariatTokyoJapan
  5. 5.Faculty of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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