Natural hybridization between Phyllagathis and Sporoxeia species produces a hybrid without reproductive organs

Autoři: Shuaixi Zhou aff001;  Shuheng Ni aff001;  Jinhong Dai aff001;  Qiujie Zhou aff001;  Renchao Zhou aff001;  Ying Liu aff001
Působiště autorů: State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol and Guangdong Key Laboratory of Plant Resources, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China aff001
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 15(1)
Kategorie: Research Article


Natural hybridization plays important roles in plant evolution and speciation. In this study, we sequenced ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (nrITS), four low-copy nuclear genes (Dbr1, SOS4a, SOS4b and PCRF1) and the chloroplast intergenic spacer trnV-trnM to test the hypothesis of hybridization between two species of Phyllagathis and Sporoxeia (Sonerileae/Dissochaeteae, Melastomataceae). Our results provided compelling evidence for the hybridization hypothesis. All hybrid individuals sampled were first-generation hybrids. The failure of flower production in the F1 hybrid individuals may work as the barrier preventing later-generation hybridization or backcross. Analysis of the chloroplast trnV-trnM sequences showed that the hybridization is bidirectional with S. petelotii as the major maternal parent. Several factors, such as sympatry, similar habitat preference, overlapping flowering season and shared pollinators, might have contributed to this hybridization event. The "intergeneric" hybridization reported in this study suggests close relationship between P. longicalcarata and S. petelotii.

Klíčová slova:

Flowers – Haplotypes – Hybridization – Chloroplasts – Inflorescences – Introgression – Leaves – Sequence alignment


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