, Volume 210, Issue 1, pp 105–117 | Cite as

A model based on S-allele dominance relationships to explain pseudo self-fertility of varieties in the olive tree

  • Catherine Marie BretonEmail author
  • Daniela Farinelli
  • Georgios Koubouris
  • André Bervillé


Self-fertility is largely decreased and even prevented by various mechanisms because, broadly, it causes inbreeding depression, although some species have retained self-reproduction regimes. Species of plants that display the self-incompatible sporophytic type of self-incompatibility may rarely self-pollinate. It is only possible in the absence of foreign compatible pollen. In the olive tree with a sporophytic mechanism, we will show that three co-dominant S-alleles R1, R3 and R5 do not lead to the same level of self-fertility. All varieties that carry R1 are less self-fertile than those that carry R5, whatever the other S-alleles, while those carrying R3 are intermediate. S-allele pair-wise combinations that differ by two or three levels of dominance, and not the other combinations allow self-fertility, and moreover each S-allele R1, R3 and R5 decreases, maintains and enhances the self-fertility rate, respectively.


Fruit setting Mutation in S-allele Olea europaeSelf-compatibility Sporophytic self-incompatibility 



We would thanks Raymond Gimilio, Pierre Villemur, Reviewers and olive growers for their help in shaping this model. We are Indebted to Gery Bertaux for English improvements.

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The Authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Marie Breton
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniela Farinelli
    • 2
  • Georgios Koubouris
    • 3
  • André Bervillé
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISE-M), UMR CNRS 5554Université de Montpellier 2Montpellier Cedex 5France
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e AmbientaliUniversità degli Studi di PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  3. 3.Institute for Olive Tree, Subtropical Plants and ViticultureN.AG.RE.F., ELGO DEMETERChaniaGreece
  4. 4.INRA, UMR DIAPC 1097Montpellier Cedex 2France

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