Characterization of geographically isolated accessions in five Alstroemeria L. species (Chile) using FISH of tandemly repeated DNA sequences and RAPD analysis

  • C. Baeza
  • O. Schrader
  • H. Budahn


In fifteen geographically isolated populations of five species of Alstroemeria L. (A. aurea, A. hookeri, A. ligtu, A. pelegrina and A. presliana) collected in Chile, karyotypes and variation of RAPD markers were investigated. Tandemly repeated DNA sequences - 5S and 18/25S rDNA genes and the sequence A001-1 (De Jeu et al. 1997) were used to characterize karyotypes by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Ten somatic metaphases per population were used for measurement of chromosome length. Differences in RAPD marker bands were used for characterization of populations, creating a similarity index. FISH with all three DNA probes shows a high degree of polymorphism between and sometimes also within accessions of A. aurea, A. hookeri and A. ligtu. The number of chromosome pairs showing 5S rDNA signals is more different for the investigated species A. aurea, A. hookeri, A. ligtu, A. pelegrina and A. presliana with 5, 7, 5, 3 and 7, respectively, than the number of 18/25S rDNA signals in this succession with 7, 7, 6, 5 and 7 chromosome pairs, showing a high evolutionary dynamics within the genus. Furthermore, among the four populations of A. hookeri, accession 4181 was different in arm length of chromosome 3. RAPD markers (index of similarity) also showed a greater genetic distance of accession 4181 from the other three accessions of A. hookeri. The possible evolutionary mechanisms providing these polymorphisms were discussed.


Alstroemeriaceae Alstroemeria aurea A. hookeri A. ligtu A. pelegrina A. presliana karyotype repetitive DNA 5S rDNA 18/25S rDNA FISH polymorphism RAPD-marker 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de BotánicaUniversidad de ConcepciónConcepciónChile
  2. 2.Federal Centre for Breeding Research on Cultivated PlantsInstitute of Horticultural CropsQuedlinburgGermany

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