Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Cotton fibre mutants that were fuzzless and/or lintless were crossed with each other and a normal genotype (fuzzy, linted) to produce F2 and BC1 generations. F2 segregation ratios from the cross of fuzzless-lintless × fuzzy-linted, for fuzzy-linted, fuzzless-linted and fuzzless-lintless were 45 : 15 : 4. From the cross of fuzzless-lintless × fuzzy-linted, the F2 segregation ratios were 9 : 39 : 16 whereas the BC1F1 segregation ratios from the F1 backcrossed to fuzzless-lintless were 1 : 3 : 4. These data suggest that the presence or absence of lint and fuzz are controlled by the interaction of four gene loci on non-homologous chromosomes. We designate these loci as N1, N2, Li3 and Li4, where N1 N1 confers the presence of fuzzy, N2N2 confers inhibition of fuzzy initiation and development, and duplicate gene pairs, Li3Li3 and Li4Li4, determine the presence of lint. Homozygosity for li3li3 and li4li4 might also inhibit fuzz from development. In other words, they were recessive epistatic to fuzz genes.
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