Testing of self-(in)compatibility in apricot cultivars from European breeding programmes
D. Milatović, D. Nikolić, B. Krškahttps://doi.org/10.17221/219/2012-HORTSCICitation:Milatović D., Nikolić D., Krška B. (2013): Testing of self-(in)compatibility in apricot cultivars from European breeding programmes. Hort. Sci. (Prague), 40: 65-71.
Self-(in)compatibility was tested in 40 new apricot cultivars from European breeding programmes. Pollen-tube growth in pistils from laboratory pollinations was analysed using the fluorescence microscopy. Cultivars were considered self-compatible if at least one pollen tube reached the ovary in the majority of pistils. Cultivars were considered self- incompatible if the growth of pollen tubes in the style stopped along with formation of characteristic swellings. Of the examined cultivars, 18 were self-compatible and 22 were self-incompatible. Fluorescence microscopy provides a relatively rapid and reliable method to determine self-incompatibility in apricot cultivars.Keywords:
Prunus armeniaca; pollen tube growth; pollination; fluorescence microscopy