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'Coloured Anthers': a New Monofactorial Character in Wheat, T. vulgare, Host

Nature volume 154, page 675 (25 November 1944) | Download Citation



IN most bread wheats the anthers are yellow but in occasional lines they are a characteristic purplish-pink colour. During some experiments with hexaploid or vulgare-series wheats a cross was made between a yellow-anthered spelt wheat, Triticum spelta, L., and a coloured-anthered bread wheat, T. vulgare, Host. (T. spelta is simply a variety of T. vulgare with the 'spelta' gene or gene block Ks on one of the pairs of chromosomes of the A or B sets instead of the allelomorph k for the round type of glume of T. vulgare). Of the F2 plants examined at anthesis, 28 had coloured anthers (CaCa or Caca) and 13 had yellow (caca).

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  1. Botany Department, The University, Leeds, 2. Oct. 4.

    • B. C. SHARMAN


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