Hidden diversity in wild Beta taxa from Portugal: insights from genome size and ploidy level estimations using flow cytometry.

  title={Hidden diversity in wild Beta taxa from Portugal: insights from genome size and ploidy level estimations using flow cytometry.},
  author={Silvia Mabel Castro and Maria M Romeiras and Mariana Almeida de Castro and Mar{\'i}a Cristina Duarte and Jo{\~a}o Loureiro},
  journal={Plant science : an international journal of experimental plant biology},
Crop wild relatives constitute a broad pool of potentially useful genetic resources for plant breeders. The genus Beta L. (Amaranthaceae) is an important source of crops, primarily for sugar production. Until recently, species within Section Beta were mostly cytogenetically uniform, with diploidy being prevalent. Still, with the discovery of tetraploid individuals of the wild B. macrocarpa in the Canary Islands, a large-scale study was necessary to evaluate the cytogenetic diversity within the… CONTINUE READING
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