Isozyme inheritance and variation in Actinidia was investigated using 23 enzyme systems. Ten isozyme loci from six enzyme systems, Acp-2, Est, Prx-1, Prx-2, Prx-4, Prx-5, Pgi-2, Pgm-2, and Tpi, were found to be inherited as single Mendelian genes in families of two interspecific crosses. Disomic inheritance detected at ten loci in progenies of a cross between the hexaploid A. deliciosa × diploid A. chinensis, provided convincing evidence that A. deliciosa is an allohexaploid. Allelic segregation for tetrasomic inheritance at ten isozyme loci was demonstrated in the progenies of a cross between the tetraploid A. chinesis × diploid A. eriantha, a result suggesting the autotetraploid origin of the tetraploid A. chinensis which apparently originated from its diploid ancestor A. chinensis. A high level of isozyme variation and heterozygosity were observed in the 22 cultivars and 56 plants of 28 Actinidia taxa. Allozyme phenotype can be used effectively for cultivar identification.
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