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Maternal transmission of cytoplasmic DNA in interspecific hybrids of peat mosses, Sphagnum (Bryophyta).

Publiceringsår: 2007
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 1613-1616
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of evolutionary biology
Volym: 20
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Blackwell Publishing


The progeny of spontaneous interspecific hybrid sporophytes of Sphagnum were used to analyse the inheritance of cytoplasmic DNA. The analysis showed that only the female parent donated chloroplasts and mitochondria in Sphagnum hybrids. Thus, this is the first study demonstrating maternal cytoplasmic inheritance in a nonvascular land plant. This finding has important implications for phylogenetic reconstructions utilizing chloroplast and mitochondrial DNA sequences as well as for the evolution of cytoplasmic inheritance in relation to the life cycle of land plants.



  • Biology and Life Sciences
  • Bryophyta
  • chloroplasts
  • cytoplasmic inheritance
  • maternal inheritance
  • Sphagnum
  • mitochondria


  • ISSN: 1010-061X
  • ISSN: 1420-9101

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