Pollination is one of the most important processes in plant reproduction. It directly influences reproductive success and fitness and the genetic structure of the plant population. Methods exist to infer the pattern and distance of pollen dispersal, but direct observation of the movements of individual pollen grains during pollination is not feasible owing to their small size. Single-pollen genotyping is a novel technique for genotyping a single pollen grain.
In Single-Pollen Genotyping, the principles, the experimental protocol, and several applications of this method in studies of plant ecology, reproductive biology, and evolutionary genetics are described. More specifically, the information is useful for the analysis of linkage disequilibrium, intraspecific genetic variation, chromosome mapping, and the origins of polyploidy. Single-Pollen Genotyping is also essential for achieving sustainable and optimal crop yield and is vital to agriculture and forestry.
"Patterns of pollen dispersal and probabilities of cross pollination are possible to predict but this short book (127 pages) looks at a useful new technique whereby the genotype of single pollen grains can be identified. [...] this technique allowed the researchers to not only identify whether pollen was being carried from species to species but also to estimate how much of the pollen on a flower was from the same trees or from others, and hence the potential degree of self pollination."
– Peter Thomas, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, Vol. 42 (2), 2011
1. Significance of Single-Pollen Genotyping in Ecological Research
2. Procedure for Single-Pollen Genotyping
3. Pollination Efficiencies of Insects Visiting Magnolia obovata, as Determined by Single-Pollen Genotyping
4. Difference in Pollen Donor Composition During the Early Phases of Reproduction as Revealed by DNA Analysis of Pollen Grains and Seeds in the Monoecious Tree Castanea crenata
5. Expanded Home Range of Pollinator Birds Facilitates Greater Pollen Flow of Camellia japonica in a Forest Heavily Damaged by Volcanic Activity
6. Can Tiny Thrips Provide Sufficient Pollination Service During a General Flowering Period in Tropical Rainforest?
7. Alien Dandelions Displace a Native Related Species Through Interspecific Pollen Transfer
8. Single-Pollen Genotyping of Holocene Lake Sediments
9. Potential Application of Pollen Genotyping for Evolutionary Genetic and Genomic Studies: Linkage/Recombination Analysis and Haplotype Sequencing
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