Comparative physical mapping of the 18S-5.8S-26S rDNA in three sorghum species

Genome. 2000 Oct;43(5):918-22.


The physical locations of the 18S-5.8S-26S rDNA sequences were examined in three sorghum species by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) using biotin-labeled heterologous 18S-5.8S-26S rDNA probe (pTa71). Each 18S-5.8S-26S rDNA locus occurred at two sites on the chromosomes in Sorghum bicolor (2n = 20) and S. versicolor (2n = 10), but at four sites on the chromosomes of S. halepense (2n = 40) and the tetraploid S. versicolor (2n = 20). Positions of the rDNA loci varied from the interstitial to terminal position among the four accessions of the three sorghum species. The rDNA data are useful for investigation of chromosome evolution and phylogeny. This study excluded S. versicolor as the possible progenitor of S. bicolor.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • DNA, Ribosomal*
  • Edible Grain / genetics*
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
  • Mitosis
  • Physical Chromosome Mapping / methods*
  • Ploidies


  • DNA, Ribosomal