Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 123, Issue 1, pp 35–54 | Cite as

DNA content, heterochromatin, mitotic index, and growth in perennial and annualAnthemidea (Asteraceae)

  • W. Nagl
  • F. Ehrendorfer


Within 18 perennial and annualAnthemideae species from 7 genera nuclear volume, DNA content and karyogram length are positively correlated. Annuals develop much more rapidly than related perennials. This is obviously due to greater cell elongation and abbreviated cell cycles. Annuals have lower or much higher DNA content and usually more heterchromatin than related perennials. Possible direct influences of nuclear on developmental parameters, and different evolutionary strategies in annuals and perennials are discussed.

Key words

Asteraceae (CompositaeAnthemideae DNA content nuclear volume karyogram length mitotic index cell cycle cell size growth: comparison of annual and perennial life forms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Nagl
    • 1
  • F. Ehrendorfer
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of BiologyUniversity of Trier-KaiserslauternKaiserslauternFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Institute of BotanyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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