Genome Size In Some Angiosperms From The Balkan Flora

S Siljak-Yakovlev1,3, E Muratovic2, F Bogunic2,3, L Jukic2, D Papes4, ME Solic5, O Catrice6 and SC Brown6

1 Université Paris-Sud, Ecologie, Systématique, Evolution, UMR CNRS 8079, Bât. 360, 91450 Orsay, France
2 University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology, Laboratory for research and protection of endemic resources, Zmaja od Bosne 35, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
3 University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Forestry, Zagrebacka 20, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
4 University of Zagreb, Department of Molecular Biology, Zagreb, Hrvatska
5 Institut «Planina i more», Makarska, Croatia. 6Institut des Sciences du Végétal, CNRS UPR 2355, 91198 Gif-sur-Yvette, France

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    In this study we report new flow cytometric data on genome size in about fifty species from the Balkan flora, frequently with many populations of each. The following genera are represented: Acer L., Centaurea L., Iris L., Leontodon L., Lilium L., Reichardia Roth, Rhamnus L, together with the gymnosperms Juniperus L. and Pinus L. Although this flora, and especially that from Central Dinaric Alps, is very rich in endemic species, unfortunately it has never been studied with respect to 2C DNA values. This parameter gives an early indicator of polyploid series, of instabilities linked to aneuploidy, hybridisation and finally speciation in a complex of related species. These cytometric analyses also included an estimation of base composition for many species, using Godelle’s simple fluorometric method(1).

    1. Godelle B, Cartier D, Marie D, Brown SC, Siljak-Yakovlev S. (1993). Cytometry 14: 618-626.