Plant Cell Reports

, Volume 26, Issue 10, pp 1809–1819 | Cite as

Genotyping of somatic hybrids between Festuca arundinacea Schreb. and Triticum aestivum L.

  • Yunfei Cai
  • Fengning Xiang
  • Daying Zhi
  • Heng Liu
  • Guangmin Xia
Genetic Transformation and Hybridization


In order to genotype hybrid genomes of distant asymmetric somatic hybrids, we synthesized hybrid calli and plants via PEG-mediated protoplast fusion between recipient tall fescue (Festuca. arundinacea Schreb.) and donor wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Seventeen and 25 putative hybrid clones were produced from the fusion combinations I and II, each with the donor wheat protoplast treated by UV light for 30 s and 1 min, respectively. Isozyme and RAPD profiles confirmed that ten hybrid clones were obtained from combination I and 19 from combination II. Out of the 29 hybrids, 12 regenerated hybrid plants with tall fescue phenotype. Composition and methylation-variation of the nuclear and cytoplasmic genomes of some hybrids, either with or without regenerative ability, were compared by genomic in situ hybridization, restriction fragment length polymorphism, and DNA methylation-sensitive amplification polymorphism. Our results indicated that these selected hybrids all contained introgressed nuclear and cytoplasmic DNA as well as obvious methylation variations compared to both parents. However, there were no differences either in nuclear/cytoplasmic DNA or methylation degree between the regenerable and non-regenerable hybrid clones. We conclude that both regeneration complementation and genetic material balance are crucial for hybrid plant regeneration.


Tall fescue (Festuca. arundinaceaCommon wheat (Triticum aestivumUV Asymmetric somatic hybridization Genotyping of hybrid nucleus/cytoplasm Methylation variation 



This work was supported by a grant form the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No.30370857) and National 863 High Technology Research and Development Project No. 2006AA100102.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yunfei Cai
    • 1
  • Fengning Xiang
    • 1
  • Daying Zhi
    • 1
  • Heng Liu
    • 1
  • Guangmin Xia
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Life SciencesShandong UniversityJinanPeople’s Republic of China

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