Molecular Genetics and Genomics

, Volume 284, Issue 1, pp 65–73 | Cite as

Molecular cytogenetic investigation of chromosome composition and transmission in sugarcane

  • George Piperidis
  • Nathalie Piperidis
  • Angélique D’Hont
Original Paper


Modern sugarcane cultivars (Saccharum spp., 2n = 100–120) are complex polyploids derived from interspecific hybridization performed a century ago between the sugar-producing species S. officinarum L. and the wild species S. spontaneum L. Using genomic in situ hybridization, we revealed that between 15 and 27.5% of the genome of modern cultivars is derived from S. spontaneum, including 10–23% of entire chromosomes from this wild species and 8–13% chromosomes derived from interspecific recombination. We confirmed the occurrence of 2n + n transmission in crosses and first backcrosses between these two species and demonstrated that this also can occur in crosses between S. officinarum and modern cultivars. We analysed five S. officinarum clones with more than 80 chromosomes and demonstrated that they were derived from interspecific hybridization supporting the classical view that this species is characterized by 2n = 80. We also illustrated the complementarities between molecular cytogenetics and genetic mapping approaches for analysing complex genomes.

Key words

Saccharum Polyploid GISH Interspecific hybrid Cytogenetics 2n + n transmission 



The authors are grateful for funding contributions from the following organizations: Australian Sugar Research and Development Corporation; Australian Academy of Science; French Embassy in Canberra; Cooperative Research Centre for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology; BSES Limited, and CIRAD. We thank J.C. Glaszmann and N. Berding for critical reading of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Piperidis
    • 1
  • Nathalie Piperidis
    • 1
    • 2
  • Angélique D’Hont
    • 3
  1. 1.BSES LimitedMackayAustralia
  2. 2.Cooperative Research Centre for Sugar Industry Innovation through BiotechnologyThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.CIRAD, Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement, UMR1098/DAPMontpellier Cedex 5France

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