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W. Msikita, R.M. Skirvin, J.A. Juvik, W.E. Splittstoesser, and N. Ali

1 Graduate Student. 2 Professor. 3 Associate Professor. This research was supported in part by the Univ. of Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station (Hatch 65-0323), the Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA), and the Zambian

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José G. Levy and Dina A. St. Clair

High temperatures during flowering have been implicated in reducing seed set and fruit set in tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum). Pollen viability and vigor were studied by measuring in vitro germination and pollen tube development in pollinated pistils of four processing tomato cultivars under normal (25° C day/15° C night) and high (32° C day/23° C night) temperatures. Preliminary studies were carried out to determine the length of pollen tubes in styles collected in times ranging from 3 to 48 hours after pollination. Under normal temperatures the pollen tubes reach the end of the style between 12 and 18 hours. At high temperatures there are fewer pollen tubes moving through the style and the time to reach the end of the style is longer. In pollen vigor studies, crosses were made between pollen and pistils of plants grown under different temperature treatments, then pollinated pistils were collected at 4, 8 and 12 hours after pollination. There were differences in in vitro pollen germination percentage and pollen tube length in the pollinated pistils, suggesting that high temperatures act to slow down pollen activity.

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R.H. Bors and J.A. Sullivan

The potential of using Fragaria vesca L. as a bridge species for interspecific hybridization to F. nilgerrensis Schlect, F. nubicola Lindl., F. pentaphylla Losinsk, and F. viridis Duch. was investigated using a wide germplasm base of 40 F. vesca accessions. This study was successful in producing many hybrids between F. vesca and other diploid species indicating its value as a bridge species. Of the species used as males, F. nubicola, F. pentaphylla, and F. viridis accessions were more successful, averaging 8 to 16 fruit and 16 to 25 seeds/fruit. It was most difficult to obtain hybrids with F. nilgerrensis, which had only three seeds per fruit. Differences among pollen donors were minimal when hybrid seeds were germinated in vitro. For different species combinations, 75% to 99% of seeds had embryos and 77% to 89% of these embryos germinated. The lack of significant differences in crossability variables among the four F. vesca subspecies [i.e., ssp. americana (Porter) Staudt, ssp. bracteata (Heller) Staudt, ssp. vesca L., and ssp. vesca var. semper-florens L.] demonstrated the similarity between these species and the strong potential for gene flow between F. vesca and other diploid species. As European and North American F. vesca subspecies are not sufficiently divergent to differ in interspecific hybridization, F. vesca may be a younger species rather than an older progenitor species.

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Sinchieh Liu and Martha A. Mutschler

The transfer of multigenic traits into tomato has been slow due to interspecific barriers (hybrid breakdown) found in the F2 of the Lycopersicon esculentum × L. pennellii cross (esc × pen), including blocks in normal reproductive development and nonfecundity. In a typical (esc × pen) F2 population, failure to flower and premeiotic blocks in pollen development occurred in 2% and 11% of the population, respectively. The remaining plants showed a mean of 37% stainable pollen. Twenty three percent of the F2 plants set seed, with an average of 4.5 seeds/fruit. An average of 33% of the stainable pollen from the 7 F2 plants with the highest stainable pollen measurements germinated in vitro, but only 4 of these 7 plants set seed. Thus, percent stainable pollen is not an adequate predictor of fecundity, and the non-fecundity in the F2Le plants must involve barriers occurring after pollen germination.

A method was developed which greatly reduces or eliminates each of the F2 barriers. The method and its efficacy on each of the aspects of hybrid breakdown will be discussed.

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Bo-Ling Liu, Zhi-Bin Fan, Ze-Qun Liu, Xun-Hong Qiu, and Yan-Hong Jiang

have not been compared with that of extracts from plantlets of the same age but derived from seeds. The present study was initiated to answer this question and to examine the antioxidant activities of tissues from in vitro–grown plants and determine the

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Jia Liu, Tingting Xue, and Yongbao Shen

tree, princess tree ( P. tomentosa ), and foxglove tree ( P. fortunei )] harvested in Nanjing, China. The germination of freshly harvested seeds in princess trees and foxglove trees was more than 85%, but that of empress tree seed was only 0% to 50

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Yan-Ling Zheng and Wei-Bang Sun

)-China Magnolia Program, we found about 5000 saplings of huagaimu in several local nurseries. The saplings were from seeds commonly sown in native loess, and the seeds normally took almost half a year to germinate. However, the relevant information of seed biology

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S.L. Kitto

Spigelia marilandica, an herbaceous perennial native to the temperate eastern United States, has great potential for the sunny garden due to a fairly long flowering period-and long (3.5-5.5 cm) tubular corollas that are scarlet on the outside and yellowish within. Non-wild collected seeds were disinfested using conventional procedures, and after 8 wk at 4°C, four seeds germinated in vitro. Preliminary experiments examined seedling lines (# 1, 2, 5 and 6) and media (MS versus DKW.) Line 6 was found to be consistently more proliferative over a six month period. Trend analysis demonstrated no difference in total number of axillary shoots produced on full versus 1/2 MS media. MS-derived microcuttings were chlorotic but appeared to root better than DKW-derived microcuttings.

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Serge Gudin and Laurence Aréne

Flowers of two cultivars of Rosa hybrida were treated or not with putrescine before being pollinated from 2 to 8 days after anther emasculation. On both cultivars the 10-3 M putrescine treatment extended the effective pollination period, as shown by the best hip formation rates and mean number of seeds per hip. On one cultivar, the 10-5 M putrescine treatment increased fertilization efficiency (more hips obtained). The effect of putrescine was proportionally more important on the cultivar characterized by the highest stigmatic exudate pH. Putrescine also influenced in vitro pollen germination by increasing the length of emitted pollen tubes (10-3 and 10-5 M-putrescine) and the quantity of germinated pollen grains (10-5 M putrescine).

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Ai-Rong Li, Kai-Yun Guan, and Robin J. Probert

numbers of seedlings are needed. However, seeds of this genus often germinate slowly, nonuniformly, and in low percentages ( Jensen, 2004 ; Kaye, 1997 ; McDonough, 1970 ). Therefore, effective methods must be found to obtain uniform and rapid germination