Plant Cell Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 11, pp 656–659 | Cite as

Somatic hybrid plants from sexually incompatible woody species: Citrus reticulata and Citropsis gilletiana

  • J. W. Grosser
  • F. G. GmitterJr.
  • N. Tusa
  • J. L. Chandler


Allotetraploid intergeneric somatic hybrid plants between Citrus reticulata Blanco cv. Cleopatra mandarin and Citropsis gilletiana Swing. & M. Kell. (common name Gillet's cherry orange) were regenerated following protoplast fusion. Cleopatra protoplasts were isolated from an ovule-derived embryogenic suspension culture and fused chemically with leaf-derived protoplasts of Citropsis gilletiana. Cleopatra mandarin and somatic hybrid plants were regenerated via somatic embryogenesis. Hybrid plant identification was based on differential leaf morphology, root-tip cell chromosome number, and electrophoretic analyses of phosphoglucose mutase (PGM) and phosphohexose isomerase (PHI) isozyme banding patterns. This is the first somatic hybrid within the Rutaceae reported that does not have Citrus sinensis (sweet orange) as a parent, and the first produced with a commercially important citrus rootstock and a complementary but sexually incompatible, related species.


Somatic Embryogenesis Somatic Hybrid Protoplast Fusion Sweet Orange Phosphoglucose 
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phosphoglucose mutase


phosphohexose isomerase


2[N-morpholino] ethane sulfonic acid


protoplast culture medium (Grosser and Chandler, 1987)


polyethylene glycol


Murashige and Tucker (1969) basal medium


1-naphthaleneacetic acid


gibberellic acid

H+H and EME

citrus embryogenic cell culture media (Grosser and Gmitter, 1990b)


embryo germination medium


rooting medium


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Grosser
    • 1
  • F. G. GmitterJr.
    • 1
  • N. Tusa
    • 2
  • J. L. Chandler
    • 1
  1. 1.Citrus Research and Education CenterUniversity of Florida, IFASLake AlfredUSA
  2. 2.Centro di Studio del C.N.R. per il Miglioramento Genetico degli AgrumiPalermoItaly

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