In search of genetic diversity in Rosa foetida Hermann in Iran

L. Samiei, R. Naderi, A. Khalighi, A.A. Bushehri, V. Mozaffarian, G. Esselink, M.J.M. Smulders

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    Rosa foetida is a dense, erect shrub with bright yellow or scarlet flowers with a yellowish reverse petal. It is most abundant in South West Asia. In Iran R. foetida occurs mainly in the mountainous North and West regions. The species is the origin of the strong yellow color in hybrid roses, which was introduced into modern cultivars in 1900 through a single species hybridization event. In this study we have used 10 microsatellite markers to determine diversity in Rosa foetida accessions collected across Iran. To our surprise, nearly all samples collected were of the same genotype, even when collected at different sites. Only four different genotypes have been detected in total. The results are discussed in relation to breeding system, human influence and overall gene pool status
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-30
    JournalActa Horticulturae
    Issue number836
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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