Restriction fragment analysis and heterologous hybridization of chloroplast (cp) DNA was used to develop species-specific markers for P. tabulaeformis, P. yunnanensis and P. massoniana. Fragment patterns created by the BclI and DraI restriction enzymes and hybridization patterns to the psbC and psbD probes were distinctive among the three species. No intraspecific variation was detected with respect to any of the cpDNA markers developed in this study. The cpDNA markers obtained were subsequently used to examine the parentage of P. densata, a putative Tertiary hybrid between P. tabulaeformis and P. yunnanensis. The analysis demonstrated for the first time that P. densata populations accommodate chloroplast genomes of P. tabulaeformis and P. yunnanensis, which strongly supports earlier suggestions of the hybrid origin of this species. It appears that P. densata represents a stabilized natural hybrid that has become adapted to high mountain environments where neither of the parental species can normally grow.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agronomy and Crop Science