Basic aspects of potato breeding via the diploid level

R.C.B. Hutten

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


<p>In this thesis research is presented on all steps in a potato breeding program via the diploid level: dihaploid induction, selection at the diploid level and sexual polyploidization. In spite of the significant seed parent x pollinator interaction estimated, IVP 101 was found to have a significant higher dihaploid induction ability than the widely used pollinators IVP 35 and IVP 48. Significant differences in dihaploid production ability between seed parents were also found. Dihaploid populations from 31 varieties or breeding lines were evaluated for occurrence and frequency of mutant phenotypes, for tuberization, flowering, pollen stainability, 2n-pollen production and resistance to Ro-1. The expression of yield, yield components, vine maturity, under water weight and chip colour at the diploid and tetraploid level and the parental effects on these characters of 4x <strong>.</strong> 2x progenies were investigated to find an answer to the question whether at the diploid level other selection criteria should be employed than at the tetraploid level when selecting tetraploid breeding lines. For yield direct selection at the diploid level had no effect on the performance of tetraploid progeny. For under water weight more stringent and for vine maturity less stringent selection criteria were required at the diploid level than at the tetraploid level. The frequently reported superiority of FDR 2n-gametes versus SDR 2n-gametes could be confirmed for yield only. For vine maturity, under water weight and chip colour no considerable differences were found between means of FDR and SDR progenies from reciprocal 4x-2x crosses.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Hermsen, J.G.T., Promotor, External person
Award date28 Sep 1994
Place of PublicationS.l.
Print ISBNs9789054852926
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • haploidy
  • polyploidy
  • mutations
  • plant breeding
  • genomes
  • solanum tuberosum
  • potatoes

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