Barley (Hordeum vulgare L. 'Himalaya') seeds were artificially aged under two storage conditions (32 °C/12% moisture content (m.c.) and 38 °C/18% m.c.) to study the behavior of induced chromosomal aberrations during plant growth. The frequencies of aberrant anaphases at first mitosis in root tips were correlated with loss of germinability. However, after 3 and 5 weeks' growth, aberration frequency declined. In plants grown from artificially aged seeds, the frequency of aberrant anaphases appeared to be stabilized at about 1% after 5 weeks' growth, in spite of the large differences in the frequencies at first mitosis. This suggests that because of their genetic imbalance, cells with chromosomal aberrations induced by seed aging were being excluded during plant growth. Meiotic chromosome configurations at MI were normal (7 II) in all plants studied, although a few precocious separations were found. Meiotic aberrations were found at AI-TI, AII-TII and the tetrad stages in the pollen mother cells of plants grown from the control and artificially aged seeds. However, there were no clear differences among the control and the two aging treatments. It was obvious that some cells with meiotic chromosomal aberrations were lost between the AI-TI and AII-TII stages, and still more between the AII-TII and tetrad stages. The frequency of tetrads with micronuclei in plants produced from artificially aged seeds was the same as in the control. The plants grown from artificially aged seeds showed high pollen fertility (95.2 to 97.0%) and seed fertility (90.1 to 97.2%) which was comparable to the control values (97.4 and 97.9%) respectively, indicating no special effects of seed aging. Anaphase cells of the first mitosis in the next (A2) generation were analyzed to study the transmission of chromosomal aberrations through mitotic and meiotic cell divisions in the A1 generation. Aberrant anaphases in the progeny from the artificially aged seeds were not higher than those of the control progeny. This indicates that the chromosomal aberrations induced by seed aging are not transmitted to the next generation.
- Artificial seed aging
- Mitotic and meiotic aberrations
- Pollen and seed fertilities
- Transmission of chromosomal aberrations
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agronomy and Crop Science