, Volume 61, Issue 4, pp 375–379 | Cite as

New cytogenetic information on Allium iranicum (Alliaceae) from Iran

  • Seyed Mahmood Ghaffari


Karyotype analysis and chromosome behaviour in tetraploid Allium iranicum is reported. The somatic karyotype 2n = 32, consists of 12 pairs of metacentric chromosomes, two pairs of submetacentric chromosomes and two pairs of submetacentric satellite chromosomes. Chromosome complement follows two sets of 16 pairs of homologous chromosomes. A detailed analysis of Pachytene, Diplotene and Metaphase I of meiosis in pollen mother cells in this taxon showed that the most common chromosome configurations were bivalents at all subphases mentioned. It is concluded that A. iranicum is most likely a natural allotetraploid and certainly differs from related species A. ampeloprasum, A. commutatum and A. porrum.

Key words

Allium iranicum allotetraploid chiasmata chromosome pairing Iran karyotype meiosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seyed Mahmood Ghaffari
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biochemistry and BiophysicsUniversity of TehranTehranIran

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