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Periclinal Chimeral Status of New Brunswick ‘Russet Burbank’ Potato

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The widely grown and important ‘Russet Burbank’ potato has now been almost 100 years under cultivation. ‘Russet Burbank’, derived from ‘Burbank’, is described as the classic example of a periclinal chimeral cultivar that is (by definition) a stable entity. This research investigated the chimeral status of the New Brunswick (NB) clone of ‘Russet Burbank’. This was done through regeneration of somatic embryos from specific tuber tissues representing the three histogenic layers of the shoot meristem from microtubers and field tubers. Intraclones were evaluated for tuber periderm characteristics in two field seasons. Most intraclones had tubers with russet periderm regardless of tuber source tissues. The frequency of up to 4% for non-russet (wild-type) and up to 21% for patchy periderm suggests that one or more types of gene expression modification should be investigated for these phenotypic changes. Clearly, NB ‘Russet Burbank’ is not presently organized in a periclinal chimeral arrangement.

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La ampliamente cultivada e importante papa ‘Russet Burbank’ tiene ahora casi 100 años bajo cultivo. ‘Russet Burbank’, derivada de ‘Burbank’, es descrita como el clásico ejemplo de cultivar de quimera periclinal que es (por definición) una entidad estable. Se investigó la condición quimérica del clon de Nueva Brunswick (NB) de ‘Russet Burbank’. Esto se hizo a través de la regeneración de embriones somáticos provenientes de tejidos específicos del tubérculo que representan las tres capas histogénicas del meristemo de brotes de microtubérculos y de tubérculos provenientes del campo. Los intraclones fueron evaluados para características del peridermo del tubérculo en dos temporadas de campo. La mayoría de los intraclones tuvieron tubérculos con peridermo rugoso independientemente de la procedencia del tejido del tubérculo. La frecuencia de hasta el 4% para peridermo no-rugoso (tipo silvestre) y hasta 21% para peridermo rugoso sugiere el estudio de uno o más tipos de modificaciones en la expresión génica para determinar estos cambios fenotípicos. Claramente, el NB ‘Russet Burbank’ no está organizado en un arreglo de quimera periclinal.

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The authors wish to thank Dr. X.-Q. Li (AAFC, Fredericton, NB) and Drs. W.E. Grant (Emeritus) and A. Kushalappa (Plant Science Department, McGill University, QC) for manuscript review. We thank McCain Foods Canada Ltd. for extensive field support and Dr. Jihad Abdulnour for technical assistance. We also thank the Bon Accord Elite Seed Potato Centre (Bon Accord, NB, Canada), The Plant Propagation Center NB Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Fredericton, NB, Canada) and The USDA Research Service, Inter-Regional Potato Introduction Station (Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA) for supplying plants and pictorial reference material. We are grateful for financial support from the NSERC Discovery Grant Program (D.J. Donnelly) and for graduate scholarships from the Government of Egypt (A.M.K. Nassar) and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia Mexico (E. Ortiz-Medina).

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Nassar, A.M.K., Ortiz-Medina, E., Leclerc, Y. et al. Periclinal Chimeral Status of New Brunswick ‘Russet Burbank’ Potato. Am. J. Pot Res 85, 432–437 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12230-008-9041-3

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