Molecular biological approach of the systematics of Crocus sativus L. and its allies

Akos A. Zubor, Gyula Surányi, Zoltán Gyori, George Borbély, József Prokisch

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Abstract

The hay saffron (Crocus sativus L.) is a sterile triploid plant, known in human culture only, with no fertile seeds produced. The origin of saffron is still a mist, however it is assumed to be an autopoliploid mutant or a hybrid. The recent classification and most of the former taxonomic publications define C. sativus to be derived from C. cartwrightianus, a wild species. Because of the sterility of hay saffron it seemed to be reasonable to apply molecular biological methods to complete classical taxonomic studies in examining its relations. The DNA polymorphism based AFLP method has confirmed the close relationship between these species.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationI International Symposium on Saffron Biology and Biotechnology
PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Pages85-93
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789066056770
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 31 2004

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
Volume650
ISSN (Print)0567-7572

Keywords

  • AFLP
  • Iridaceae
  • Molecular taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture

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    Zubor, A. A., Surányi, G., Gyori, Z., Borbély, G., & Prokisch, J. (2004). Molecular biological approach of the systematics of Crocus sativus L. and its allies. In I International Symposium on Saffron Biology and Biotechnology (pp. 85-93). (Acta Horticulturae; Vol. 650). International Society for Horticultural Science. https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2004.650.8