Genetics and Molecular Biology
Print version ISSN 1415-4757
SIMIONI, Carine; SCHIFINO-WITTMANN, Maria Teresa and PAIM, Nilton Rodrigues. A model for floral color inheritance in Leucaena (Leguminosae). Genet. Mol. Biol. [online]. 1998, vol.21, n.3 ISSN 1415-4757. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-47571998000300013.
A population of 513 hybrids of Leucaena leucocephala (4x) and L. diversifolia ssp. diversifolia (4x), that is being analyzed for several morphological and agronomical characteristics, aiming at selecting cold tolerant plants, was also analyzed for floral color. A model of additive dominant inheritance (pink color dominant over white color, or presence versus absence of pigment, and the number of dominant alleles present determining the intensity of the pink color) is proposed. The action of two independent locus sets is also suggested, one for the male (with two main structural genes) and another for the female floral organs (one main structural gene). It is suggested that an undetermined number of regulatory genes affect color expression.