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Himayat H. Naqvi, Mitsuo Matsumura, and Irwin P. Ting

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Clarissa J. Maroon-Lango, Mary Ann Guaragna, Ramon Jordan, John Hammond, Murali Bandla, Steve Marquardt, and John R. Stommel

Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV) was first found in pepino (Solanum muricatum) growing in coastal Peru in 1974 and described in 1980; it reappeared in protected tomato (Lycopersiconesculentum) in the Netherlands in 1999. Since then, it has been reported to occur in tomato in several countries including Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Peru, Spain and the Canary Islands, the United Kingdom, and in 11 states within the United States. Three strains of PepMV found in the United States have been cloned and sequenced. Full-length genomic sequences were obtained for two strains, PepMV-US1 and PepMV-US2, from co-infected tomato plant samples from Arizona. The 3'-end sequence of PepMV-US3 came from infected tomato fruits from Maryland. The genome organization, motifs and domains typical of the genus Potexvirus, and of other PepMV isolates, were found in full-length sequences of both US1 and US2 isolates. Direct comparison of US1 and US2 at the nucleotide level revealed an 86.3% identity; whereas, when individually compared to the French and Spanish isolates, which share ∼99% identity at the nucleotide level, US1 and US2 had 82% and 79% identities to each, respectively. Pair-wise gene-for-gene comparisons between United States and European isolates revealed a similar trend. While unique, US1 is more closely related to the previously reported European isolates than is US2. The CP of US3 is nearly identical to the European isolates at the amino acid level. None of 18 tomato germplasm accessions or 10 cultivars were resistant to mechanical inoculation with US3; in contrast, no infection was detected in nine pepper cultivars or four germplasm accessions. Plants grown from seeds of infected tomato fruits did not test positive for PepMV.

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Wai-Foong Hong, Chang-Qing Bai, Michael Broe, Jinguo Hu, Charles Krause, David Tay*, and Guo-Liang Wang

Pelargonium is one of the important flower crops in USA. It is a priority genus for conservation at the USDA Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center (OPGC). It belongs to Geraniaceae family and comprises of about 280 species. To understand the genetic variation of the Pelargonium collection at OPGC, the PCR-based TRAP (target region amplified polymorphism) marker system which was newly developed in sunflower was used in this study. Twelve sets of primers were used to fingerprint 46 accessions representing 21 commercial P. hortorum, 17 scented geraniums and 8 other unidentified Pelargonium taxa. About 150 DNA bands could be detected in each primer and accession combination. Cluster analysis showed that molecular data was highly correlated with the phenotypes. Cultivars with similar morphological traits were clustered together. These results demonstrated that the TRAP system is a useful technique for the characterization and classification of Pelargonium collections.

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Zhigiang Zhu and Paul G. Thompson

The polymorphisms of phosphoglucose isomerase (PGI) in sweetpotato and I. trifida were examined. Horizontal starch gel electrophoresis was used to analyze leaf and pollen tissue of parents and progenies of 10 crosses. Analyses revealed that PGI was a dimeric enzyme system controlled by 5 loci. The segregation ratios did not suggest that PGI was a duplicate system and therefore did not indicate hexaploidy. Only 2 loci appeared to be present in I. trifida. No observed band was related to different ploidy levels in I. batatas and I. trifida. No linkage was identified among the loci.

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David H. Byrne, Aleksander N. Nikolic, and Edward E. Burns

A wide range of color, sugar, and acid composition was found among 12 peach [Prunuspersica (L.) Batsch] genotypes. Among the high-acid genotypes, a trend of increasing Hunter `a' values, fructose, soluble solids concentration (SSC): titratable acidity (TA) ratio, and decreasing TA and citric acid levels was noted with decreasing mesocarp firmness. Mesocarp firmness was correlated with both skin and flesh `a' values within all genotypes. Among genotypes, the Hunter `a'/firmness relationship varied. `Elberta', a cultivar known to retain a greenish ground color, had a lower Hunter `a' value when soft than did more recent releases such as `Dixiland', `Redhaven', and `Suwanee'. `Sam Houston', a low-acid cultivar, had lower TA and malic, citric, and quinic acid levels than the other cultivars. The dominant acid for all genotypes was malic (50% to 60% of total) with about equal amounts of citric and quinic. Soluble sugars included sucrose (54% of total), fructose (31%), and glucose (15%). `Sam Houston' had lower SSC, a higher percentage of sucrose, lower levels of glucose and fructose, but the same relative sweetness values as the high-acid cultivars.

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Carlos Miranda, Luis G. Santesteban, and José B. Royo

The influence of the species in spring frost sensibility was determined for the Prunus species peach (P. persica (L.) Batsch), sweet cherry (P. avium L.), almond (P. dulcis (Mill.) Webb/P. amygdalus Batsch), japanese plum (P. salicina Lindl.), and blackthorn (P. spinosa L.). The confidence intervals for lethal temperatures of 10% (LT10) and 90% (LT90) bud injury were also determined. In 2000 and 2001, seven frost treatments were made for each one of the phenological stages comprised between B (first swell) and I (jacket split) in two cultivars per each species. The relationships between frost temperature and the proportion of frost damaged buds for each cultivar, year, and phenological stage were adjusted to linear regression models. The 95% confidence intervals were also calculated. The spring frost hardiness order of the species, from the least to most hardy, was as follows: sweet cherry, almond, peach, japanese plum, and blackthorn. Despite the highly homogeneous nature of the frost and bud characteristics, the temperature range for a given injury degree was quite broad, since the confidence interval's breadth for LT10 was as high as about 3 °C and as high as about 6 °C for LT90. Consequently, when critical temperatures are used in making decisions as to when to begin active frost protection, a prudent measure would be to take the temperature references from the upper limits in the confidence intervals.

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Neil O. Anderson, Peter D. Ascher, and Emily E. Hoover

Two-species CBC hybrids between Phaseolus vulgaris and P. acutifolius exhibit transgressive segregation for seed color and patterning, root peroxidases, and seed proteins. CBC pedigrees between P. vulgaris and P. coccineus (differing for species-specific traits) were created to test whether variation would be similar or greater than with P. acutifolius. P. vulgaris `Soldier' (Vermont) × 2- and 4-way intraspecific P. coccineus accessions were used as parents. CBC1 through CBC3 were evaluated for segregation of species-specific genes. Hybrid breakdown was evident in all CBC generations, particularly nonflowering dwarf cripples. Transgressive segregants were found as early as CBC2. One individual was found that had crossovers for species traits: a determinate, red-flowered plant with P. coccineus flowers and P. vulgaris introrse stigmas. By CBC3, all of the variation reported for three-species CBC hybrids (P. coccineus × [P. vulgaris × P. acutifolius]) was evident.

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A.J. Daymond, P. Hadley, R.C.R. Machado, and E. Ng

Biomass partitioning of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) was studied in seven clones and five hybrids in a replicated experiment in Bahia, Brazil. Over an 18-month period, a 7-fold difference in dry bean yield was demonstrated between genotypes, ranging from the equivalent of 200 to 1389 kg·ha-1. During the same interval, the increase in trunk cross-sectional area ranged from 11.1 cm2 for clone EEG-29 to 27.6 cm2 for hybrid PA-150 × MA-15. Yield efficiency increment (the ratio of cumulative yield to the increase in trunk circumference), which indicated partitioning between the vegetative and reproductive components, ranged from 0.008 kg·cm-2 for clone CP-82 to 0.08 kg·cm-2 for clone EEG-29. An examination of biomass partitioning within the pod of the seven clones revealed that the beans accounted for between 32.0% (CP-82) and 44.5% (ICS-9) of the pod biomass. The study demonstrated the potential for yield improvement in cacao by selectively breeding for more efficient partitioning to the yield component.

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Mwamburi Mcharo*, Don Labonte, Chris Clark, and Mary Hoy

Using two sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam) F1 populations from diverse environments we investigated the AFLP marker profiles of the genotypes for association studies between the molecular markers and southern root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita) resistance expression. Population one consisted of 51 half-sib genotypes developed at the Louisiana State Univ. AgCenter. The second population consisted of 51 full-sibs developed by the East African and International Potato Center sweetpotato breeding programs. Results for nematode resistance expression indicate a binomial distribution among the genotypes. Using analysis of molecular variance, logistic regression and discriminant analysis, AFLP markers that are most influential with respect to the phenotypic trait expression were selected for both populations. A comparative analysis of the power of models from the two statistical models for southern root-knot nematode resistance class prediction was also done. The diversity and possible universal similarity of influential markers between the two populations and the expected impact in sweetpotato breeding programs will be discussed.

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K. Haghighi and J.F. Hancock

Restriction fragment analyses of chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) were carried out on the principal cytoplasms of northern highbush cultivars and one representative of Vaccinium ashei Reade. Twenty-three restriction enzymes were used to identify variation and clarify mode of organelle inheritance. All species and genotypes displayed identical cpDNA fragment patterns, but high degrees of polymorphism were observed in the mitochondrial genomes. `Bluecrop' and `Jersey' did not appear to have `Rubel' cytoplasm as was previously believed. All hybrids contained maternal-type mtDNA.