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Paternal and maternal effects on the response of seed germination to high temperatures in Eucalyptus globulus


Rix, KD and Gracie, AJ and Potts, BM and Brown, PH and Spurr, CJ and Gore, PL, Paternal and maternal effects on the response of seed germination to high temperatures in Eucalyptus globulus, Annals of Forest Science, 69, (6) pp. 673-679. ISSN 1286-4560 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s13595-012-0190-7


Context: High temperature stress in nurseries germinating Eucalyptus globulus seed is an important problem affecting germination synchrony and rate. Where there is a risk of hightemperature stress, then the choice of female parent may be important. This issue is particularly relevant to the production of full-sib families frommass-supplementary pollination where there may be opportunities for seed producers to manipulate the directionality of the crossing done in seed orchards.

Aims: This study aimed to quantify the maternal versus paternal influence of seed sensitivity to high temperature stress during germination.

Methods: A diallel crossing scheme involving four genotypes was used to test the relative importance of male and female genetic influences on the germination and development of E. globulus seed and their response to high temperature stress. Seed was germinated at optimum (25C) and supra-optimal (32C and 37C) temperatures, and six traits describing the proportion and rate of seed germination and early seedling development were assessed.

Results: Both paternal and maternal effects affected the germination response, arguing for at least some influence of the nuclear genotype of the embryo. However, the response to high temperature stress was more influenced by the maternal than paternal parent.

Conclusion: Both the male and female genotype may affect various aspects of seed germination and early seedling development independent of seed size; however, some facets of the germination response will be mainly affected by the female parent.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Eucalyptus globulus, maternal, paternal, seed germination, temperature stress, genetic, forest tree
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forestry sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Other plant production and plant primary products
Objective Field:Other plant production and plant primary products not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Rix, KD (Dr Kieren Rix)
UTAS Author:Gracie, AJ (Professor Alistair Gracie)
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
UTAS Author:Spurr, CJ (Dr Cameron Spurr)
UTAS Author:Gore, PL (Mr Peter Gore)
ID Code:77327
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2012-03-30
Last Modified:2018-06-25
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