Cytological and genetical studies of a male sterile celery

C. F. Quiros, A. Rugama, Y. Y. Dong, T. J. Orton

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The inheritance and nature fo male sterility of a cerley (Apium graveolens L.) strain (MS1) is reported. Male sterility in MS1 is determined by a a recessive genotype for a single locus. Tests for linkage with the isozyme chromosome markers SDH-1 and PGM-1 were negative. MS1 male sterility was associated with a defective tapetum characterized by prominent vacuoles and premature degeneration. The stamens in the male sterile strain persisted in the flowers up to stigma receptivity, while in the male fertile plants they dropped before style expansion. The male sterile flowers produced normal amounts of nectar, resulting in cross pollination by various species of pollinators. It was estimated that the sterile strain produced 30% less seed than normal male fertile. Its possible use for hybrid celery seed production is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)867-875
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture


  • Apium graveolens
  • celeriac
  • celery
  • fertilization
  • male sterility
  • pollen chromosome markers


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