Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 88, Issue 6–7, pp 770–774 | Cite as

Gene dispersal from transgenic potatoes to conspecifics: a field trial

  • Io Skogsmyr


Transgenic potatoes containing the marker genes NTP II and GUS were planted in the field and at varying distances (0–1, 1–2, 2–3, 10, 100 and 11000 m) from them were patches of untransformed potatoes of another variety. All seeds produced by the untransformed potatoes were collected after the flowering season and screened for the presence of the marker genes. Gene dispersal was found to be highest in the immediate vicinity (72%). At the consecutive distances the presence of the gene was more or less constant (35%). Thus gene dispersal occurred both over large distances and to a higher extent than has been previously shown. Pollinator availability, as well as the foraging behaviour of the pollinators, are suggested to be important in this study. The plant material used is discussed in the light of sexually selected traits which could have contributed to the high gene dispersal.

Key words

Solanum tuberosum Pollen transmission Sexual selection Pollinator behaviour 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Io Skogsmyr
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  1. 1.Theoretical ecology, Ecology buildingLundSweden

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