Chromosome Numbers and DNA Amounts in Agave Variants

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1990
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Finch R.A
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Sisal (Agave sisalana) is widely grown in the tropics as a source of 10tlg fibre. Blue Sisal (A. amaniensis) and its hybrids with A. angustifolia are also cultivated for this purpose (Osborne and Singh, 1980. Great morphological variation exists in breeding material including these species, and sports with undesirable traits like extra leaf shortness or mostly have proliferated recently in production fields. It could be economically disastrous if the spread of these sports continues, but their origins and natures are known. Sharma and Bartta-Charyya (1962) reported high frequencies of aneusomaty in six Agave species, especially in bulbil roots.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 55 (4), p. 213-218