Linkage relations among eight isozyme genes, Acp-3, Est-1, Est-5, Prx-1, Prx-2, Prx-3, Me and Adh, and two morphological markers, Inh, and Twh, were investigated in one F2 and two BC1 families of interspecific crosses between the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) and the Chinese chestnut (C. mollissima). Inh was found to be consistently linked with Prx-1 and Est-5 in all families. The order of these three genes was determined to be-Ihn--Prx1--Est5. In addition, four other gene pairs, Acp3--Inh, Acp3--Prx1, Me--Inh and Twh--Inh were found to be linked in one of the three families investigated. The four isozyme genes and two morphological marker genes were tentatively integrated into one linkage group with the following gene order Acp3--Me--Twh--Inh--Prx1-Est5. This study demonstrated that isozyme genes can be integrated with morphological marker genes into a single linkage map without the need for additional crosses.
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