Development of synthetic amphiploids based on Triticum turgidum × T. Monococcum crosses to improve the adaptability of cereals

M. Megyeri, P. Mikó, I. Molnár, G. Kovács

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Cultivated einkorn (Triticum monococcum L. ssp. monococcum) is an excellent source of resistance against several wheat diseases and quality parameters. Semi-dwarf einkorn lines with good crossability were identified in order to produce Triticum turgidum × T. monococcum synthetic amphiploids. Two combinations were used to develop the amphiploids: durum × einkorn and emmer × einkorn.After the genome duplication of F1 seeds, highly fertile amphiploids were developed. The AuBAm genome structure of the progenies was confirmed by genomic in situ hybridization (GISH).Lines derived from durum × einkorn and emmer × einkorn crosses were studied for agronomic performance, disease resistance and genetic variability. Both amphiploid combinations showed excellent resistance against certain wheat diseases (leaf rust, powdery mildew), but not against fusarium. The durum-based synthetic amphiploid lines showed a higher level of phenotypic diversity. The newly produced T. turgidum × T. monococcum synthetic hexaploids are promising genetic resources for wheat breeding. Selected durum × einkorn lines are currently used in bread wheat improvement to transfer the useful properties of einkorn into cultivated hexaploid wheat via 'bridge-crossing'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-274
Number of pages8
JournalActa Agronomica Hungarica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2011



  • Triticum monococcum L. ssp. monococcum
  • Triticum turgidum L.
  • crossability
  • interspecific hybridization
  • synthetic amphiploid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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