Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 5, 2009
Publication Date: January 8, 2009
Citation: Burke, J.J. 2009. Cotton gene flow: Genetic diversity in outcrossing[abstract]. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference. January 5-8, 2009. San Antonio, Texas.
Previously we have reported on the finding of genetic differences in the abiotic stress tolerance of cotton pollen. Genetic differences in sensitivity to humidity were observed impacting pollen survival in dry environments. The present study evaluated out-crossing rates in cotton lines whose pollen exhibited different abiotic stress tolerances. Greenhouse studies were used initially to evaluate the reproductive competitiveness of pollen with known differences in dehydration stress tolerance. Field studies were subsequently used to evaluate gene flow from these lines under irrigated and dryland conditions. The implications of our findings on gene flow from plant to plant will be discussed.