Agronomy and Horticulture Department


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Published in CROP SCIENCE, VOL. 10, MARCH-APRIL 1970.


Six ethyl methanesulfonate-induced mutants of Melilotus alba Desr. were studied. Five of the mutants behaved as monogenic recessives. In the sixth mutant, two independent recessive alleles were responsible for the observed phenotype. Of these two genes, one had a phenotypic effect similar to the five single-gene mutants. The other (the veined gene) caused a chlorophyll deficiency in which the leaf veins were darker in color than the tissue between the veins. Complementation analysis revealed that five of the seven genes detected iu the mutants were nonallelic. Suggested designations for the five genes are ch4, ch5, ch6, ch7, and ch8.