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Mark S. Roh, Eunju Cheong, Ik-Young Choi, Eun-Ha Yoo, Jae-Young Kim and Nam Sook Lee

We investigated the interspecific relationships and intraspecific variations in the genus Corylopsis using RAPD and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the internal transcribed spacer1(ITS1), 5.8S ribosomal RNA gene specific in C. glabrescens Franch. & Sav. Differences in species identification between morphological characteristics and RAPD result were noticed in some accessions. All C. glabrescens, C. coreana Uyeki, and C. glabrescens f. gotoana (Makino) T. Yamanaka accessions clustered in one major group. However, they could be divided into five subgroups that are not related to the geographical origins. For example, C. coreana accessions from Korea were clustered with C. glabrescens from Japan. Although grouping based on SNP data does not agree with that by RAPD markers, it revealed the limitation in identification and classification of the genus due to high intraspecific variations in SNP. At SNP positions 464, 465, 466, 467, and 496, most accessions of C. glabrescens and C. coreana have C, G, A, A, and T, respectively. In both analyses, C. glabrescens, C. coreana, and C. glabrescens f. gotoana Japan are closely related and this suggests that nomenclature for these three species should be discussed. Although ITS1 5.8S ribosomal RNA gene can not be used for identification at a subspecies level of C. glabrescens, it proved to be useful to differentiate C. sinensisfrom C. sinensis var. calvescens. It is suggested to use C. glabrescens f. gotoana or C. glabrescens f. coreana rather than using C. coreana.

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Jung Hyun Kwon, Ji Hae Jun, Eun Young Nam, Kyeong Ho Chung, Ik Koo Yoon, Seok Kyu Yun and Sung Jong Kim

Being self-incompatible, most Asian plums should be planted with a compatible pollinizer to produce fruits. Therefore, the selection of an adequate pollinizer is essential when new plum cultivars are released. To select a suitable pollinizer for ‘Summer Fantasia’ plum, the S genotype, cross-compatibility, pollen viability, and flowering time of five candidate cultivars were evaluated. Using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis, the S genotype of ‘Summer Fantasia’ was determined as S a S c, which was expected to be compatible with other S genotypes. To test cross-compatibility, the trees were covered with caging net to prevent unintended pollination, and pistils were hand pollinated without emasculation. Fruit set percentage was calculated 10 weeks after pollination. The fruit set percentage resulting from the cross between ‘Summer Fantasia’ and ‘Taiyo’ (S b S c) was 13.8%, whereas that resulting from other combinations was less than 5.0%. Pollen germination percentage was investigated to monitor pollen viability; it varied yearly among cultivars, although ‘Formosa’ (10.6%) and ‘Taiyo’ (13.8%) showed the highest pollen germination percentages among the cultivars. When averaged over three years and two locations, ‘Summer Fantasia’ bloomed 2–3 days after ‘Akihime’, ‘Formosa’, ‘Oishiwase’, and ‘Purple Queen’. Blooming period of ‘Summer Fantasia’ and ‘Taiyo’ overlapped almost entirely. Overall, the results indicated that ‘Taiyo’ was the most suitable pollinizer for ‘Summer Fantasia’.

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Ji Hae Jun, Jung Hyun Kwon, Eun Young Nam, Kyeong Ho Chung, Ik Koo Yun, Seok Kyu Yun, Yong Bum Kwack, Sung Jong Kim and Sang Jo Kang

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Ji Hae Jun, Eun Young Nam, Kyeong Ho Chung, Seok Kyu Yun, Jung Hyun Kwon, Ik Koo Yun, Yong Bum Kwack, Sung Jong Kim and Kang Hee Cho

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Eun Young Nam, Ji Hae Jun, Kyeong Ho Chung, Jung Hyun Kwon, Seok Kyu Yun, Ik Koo Yun and Kang Hee Cho

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Ji Hae Jun, Jung Hyun Kwon, Eun Young Nam, Kyeong Ho Chung, Ik Koo Yun, Seok Kyu Yun, Yong Bum Kwack, Sung Jong Kim and Sang Jo Kang

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Eun Young Nam, Jung Hyun Kwon, Ji Hae Jun, Kyeong Ho Chung, Seok Kyu Yun, Sung Jong Kim and Yun Su Do