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Inheritance of somatic embryogenesis in red clover (Trifolium pratense L.)

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 Red clover genotypes capable of regenerating plantlets in vitro from non-meristematic tissue-derived callus are rare. Selection for genotypes capable of somatic embryogenesis identified a clone comprised of a group of plantlets regenerated from a hypocotyl-derived callus culture on L2-based media and another group of plantlets originating from crown divisions of the epicotyl-derived plant. The callus-derived plants of this clone were highly regenerative when reintroduced to callus culture, but the epicotyl-derived plants produced nonregenerative callus cultures. F1, F2 and BC1 populations were evaluated to determine the mode of inheritance of the regeneration trait. Reciprocal crosses did not differ, indicating a lack of maternal effects. Results were compatible with genetic control of regeneration by two complementary genes. We propose the genotype Rn1-Rn2- for regenerative plants. Three petiole segment explants were sufficient to evaluate regenerative ability in seedlings. Regenerative ability was often associated with abnormal leaf morphology in a few to several leaves.

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Received: 17 February 1998 / Accepted: 7 April 1998

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McLean, N., Nowak, J. Inheritance of somatic embryogenesis in red clover (Trifolium pratense L.). Theor Appl Genet 97, 557–562 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/s001220050931

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  • Key words Red clover
  • Trifolium pratense
  • Somatic embryogenesis
  • Inheritance