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Nicotiana

  • Harold H. Smith

Abstract

The genus Nicotiana has been a favored material for studies on inheritance and evolution in higher plants since the days of the pre-Mendelian hybridizers (Olby, 1966). Two features of the genus have had a profound influence on the type of investigations undertaken: (1) The species have evolved into a broad spectrum of different degrees of divergence in cytogenetic and morphological systems and therefore provide rich material for studying general problems on the origins and interrelationships among plant species. (2) The genus contains the cultivated species N. tabacum which because of its commercial value has been the object of extensive studies of cytogenetic relationships with progenitor species, introgressive hybridization to incorporate disease resistance, and studies on the inheritance of alkaloids, quantitative traits, and cytoplasmic effects. More recently, the genus has been prominent in providing model systems for studying somatic cell Genetics (Smith, 1974a,b). Reviews on the Cytogenetics of the genus Nicotiana have been published by East (1928), Kostoff (1943), Goodspeed (1954), and Smith (1968).

Keywords

Male Sterility Interspecific Hybrid Nicotiana Tabacum Mesophyll Protoplast Haploid Plant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold H. Smith
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyBrookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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