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Robert G. Fjellstrom and Dan E. Parfitt

RFLPs were studied in 41 populations of 13 Juglans species to study genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships. 19 single locus nuclear RFLP loci were used to generate genetic distance/identity matrices based on allele frequencies. 21 probes were used to generate genetic distances and phylograms using shared-fragments with parsimony analysis. Parsimony analysis on fragment data produced a minimal length tree in general agreement with distance data trees, but with additional phylogenetic resolution resembling previous systematic studies. All analyses indicate an ancient origin of J. regia, which has been considered a recently derived species. A 10x difference in heterozygosity was seen among species. Genetic differentiation among conspecific east Asian populations was larger than among east Asian species. The opposite was true for American species. J. hindsii is classified as a distinct species and J. cinerea was included in section Cardiocaryon rather than Trachycaryon, from the diversity analysis.

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Robert G. Fjellstrom and Dan E. Parfitt

32 cloned probes from a walnut (Juglans sp.) PstI random genomic library were used to develop a linkage map for walnut. Low copy number walnut random genomic DNA probes were constructed and hybridized to restriction endonuclease digested DNA from parent walnut trees from a backcross of (J. hindsii × J. regia) with J. regia to identify parental polymorphism. 63 backcross progeny were analyzed to determine the inheritance and linkage of 48 RFLP loci. 66% of the probes detected duplicated, but unlinked loci. 42 of the RFLP loci could be placed on 12 linkage groups. The other 6 loci could not be placed on common linkage groups. (Theoretical maximum number of linkage groups is 16.) A Poisson probability method for estimating genome size was utilized to calculate the approximate walnut genome length as 1660 cm and to estimate that 138 markers would be needed to cover 95% the walnut genome within 20 cM of each marker.

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Robert G. Fjellstrom and Paul H. Williams

Thirty-seven Brassica rapa L. and B. juncea L. lines from nine subspecies were tested for their reaction to two pathotypes of Fusarium yellows (Fusarium oxysporum Schlecht. f. sp. conglutinans (Wr.) Snyd. & Hans. race 1 and F.o. f. sp. raphani Kend. & Snyd. A subset of 16 lines from these same vegetable types were tested for their reaction to four strains of turnip mosaic virus (TuMV-C1, C2, C3, and C4). Resistance to both Fusarium pathotypes was widespread in these Brassica subspecies, whereas resistance to any strain of TuMV was uncommon. The broad availability of resistance to Fusarium yellows and scarcity of resistance to TuMV necessitate different approaches to obtain disease-resistant cultivars.

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Robert G. Fjellstrom, Dan E. Parfitt and Gale H. McGranahan

RFLP markers were used to study genetic diversity among California walnut (Juglans regia L.) cultivars and germplasm collected worldwide. 16 of 21 RFLP markers were polymorphic in the 48 walnut accessions tested. Seven RFLP markers permitted unique identification of all walnut cultivars. All genotypes were heterozygous at approximately 20% of the loci for both California and worldwide germplasm. California walnut germplasm contained 65% of the worldwide allelic diversity. Cluster analysis of genetic distance between accessions and principal component analysis of allelic genotypes showed two major groups of walnut domestication. California germplasm was associated with germplasm from France, Central Europe, and Iran, and had less genotypic similarity with germplasm from Nepal, China, Korea, and Japan.

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Mohammed A.M. Aly, Robert G. Fjellstrom, Gale H. McGranahan and Dan E. Parfitt

Somatic embryos derived from walnut (Juglans regia L.) ovule tissues were evaluated to determine whether they were of zygotic or maternal origin. Molecular markers were used to permit evaluation at an early stage, before whole plant development. Somatic embryos developed from potentially apomictic `Sunland' and `Cisco' ovule tissue isolated from bagged putatively unpollinated flowers. Phosphoglucomutase (PGM) isozyme analysis showed that all of these embryos, except one from each cultivar, carry the same zymotype as the maternal tissue. However, restriction fragment length polymorphism (RPLP) analysis combined with isozyme evaluation demonstrated that the tested embryos originated from zygotic rather than maternal tissues. This study demonstrates the application of molecular marker analyses, particularly RFLPs, evaluation of somatic embryo origin.