African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12218

Full Length Research Paper

Cytological evidences of pollen abortion in Ornithogalum caudatum Ait

Hua Cai1, Imran Haider Shamsi2,3*, Haijun Zhao4, Huabing Meng5, Ghulam Jilani6, Qin Zou7, Xuefeng Xu1 and Lixin Zhu1
1Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Chuzhou University, Anhui, 239000, China. 2Institute of Crop Science, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310058, China. 3College of Environmental and Resource Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310058, China. 4Institute of Nuclear Agricultural Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310029, China. 5Wuxing District of Huzhou Agriculture and Forestry Development Bureau, Huzhou, 313000, China. 6Department of Soil Science, PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, 46300, Pakistan. 7School of Modern Agricultural Technology, Huzhou City, 313023, China.
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  •  Accepted: 11 August 2011
  •  Published: 19 October 2011


Ornithogalum caudatum Ait exhibits strong physiological adaptability; however, it suffers a serious menace of pollen abortion, as almost no seed is formed in the plants. In the current study, chromosome karyotype of root-tip cells (RTC) during mitosis, and chromosome behavior of pollen mother cells (PMC) during meiosis inO. caudatum were investigated. We recorded 18 euchromosomes with variable number (28~36) of B chromosomes in the somatic cells genome. In leptonema of meiotic prophase I, the synapsis between euchromosomes was normal, but there were several darker granular nodular bodies in the cells, which could be the precursor for B chromosomes. Some of the cells were observed as duplication loop in zygotene, indicating that the PMCs had gone through a chromosome structure variation with duplication, which could reduce the fertility of pollens. Numerous chromosome bridges, fragments and lagged chromosomes were observed in meiosis anaphase I. It reflects that these cells might have undergone paracentric inversion, which is one of the important reasons of pollen abortion. In meiosis anaphase II, the sister chromatids separate unusually forming the triad, which leads to gamete sterility. These findings conclude that pollen abortion in O. caudatum mainly results from the variation in chromosome structure, which could be related to the B chromosomes in somatic cells.


Key words: Chromosome structure variation, B chromosome, root-tip cells, pollen mother cells, gamete sterility.


m, Metacentric; sm, submetacentric; st, subtelocentric

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