Journal article

Origin of apomictic red algae: Outcrossing studies of different strains in Caloglossa monosticha (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta)

Mitsunobu Kamiya, John A West

JOURNAL OF PHYCOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

Various red algae lack sexual reproduction and propagate by spore recycling, but it is still unknown how apomixis originates. In previous crossing experiments, we obtained an unusual hybrid of Caloglossa monosticha M. Kamiya through the outcrossing between a male from Australia and a female from Indonesia. This hybrid was morphologically identical to a normal tetrasporophyte, but its tetraspores grew into tetrasporophytes and repeated tetraspore recycling. During 5 years of culture, no sexual reproductive structures have formed on the tetrasporelings from this hybrid or its progenies. Further hybridization experiments revealed that all the five female strains from Indonesia successfully cros..

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