A sneak peek into chromosome and genome size evolution among sisyrynchium taxa (Iridaceae: Iridoieae) SISYRINCHIUM TAXA (IRIDACEAE: IRIDOIDEAE)

Paula Burchardt, Tatiana Teixeira Souza Chies, Lauís Brisolara Corrêa, Olivier Chauveau, Camila Dellanhese Inácio, Lilian Eggers, Sonja Siljak Yakovlev, José Marcello Salabert de Campos, Eliane Kaltchuk Santos


Iridaceae is one of the largest Asparagales families with over 2030 species. Besides a wide morphological variation, this family presents great karyological variation including many polyploid taxa. Sisyrinchium is restricted to the New World and it holds a large amount of cytological data. Despite its importance in providing critical evidence to understand processes involved in genome evolution, cytological data is lacking for most of South American species of Sisyrinchium. Therefore, the present work aims to identify and characterize chromosome evolutionary trends among Sisyrinchium taxa of sect. Viperella. Chromosome numbers and genome sizes (GS) were determined for 16 and 17 taxa, respectively, from sect. Viperella; all reported here for the first time, except for S. alatum. Meiotic behavior, tetrad normality, pollen viability and morphology were also analyzed and revealed regular meiosis, high meiotic indexes and pollen viability (> 87%), except for Sisyrinchium sp. nov. aff. alatum (22.70%). The GS and chromosome number obtained were plotted onto a phylogenetic frame to identify transitions between character states and to locate where these transitions occurred throughout this group’s evolution. Based on our results, we suggest that the ancestral chromosome number for sect. Viperella is 2n = 18 and two independent polyploidization events occurred. Lower DNA content (2.17 ? 2C ? 2.97 pg) was the ancestral condition from which six major events took place towards GS increase. Despite the stability in base chromosome number (x = 9), evolutionary changes in karyotypes of this section involve primarily variation in DNA amount regardless of ploidy level, and secondly polyploidy and variation in chromosome size. Combining GS and chromosome number with molecular phylogeny, our data provides the first scenario for karyotype and genome evolution in Sisyrinchium, sect. Viperella, allowing us to suggest that mechanisms other than polyploidy were responsible for GS increase among these taxa.


Ancestral chromosome number; DNA content; Meiotic behavior; Pollen viability; Polyploidy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5433/1679-0367.2017v38n1suplp65

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