Phylogenetic analysis of Gossypium L. using restriction fragment length polymorphism of repeated sequences. Academic Article uri icon


  • Cotton is the world's leading textile fiber crop and is also grown as a bioenergy and food crop. Knowledge of the phylogeny of closely related species and the genome origin and evolution of polyploid species is significant for advanced genomics research and breeding. We have reconstructed the phylogeny of the cotton genus, Gossypium L., and deciphered the genome origin and evolution of its five polyploid species by restriction fragment analysis of repeated sequences. Nuclear DNA of 84 accessions representing 35 species and all eight genomes of the genus were analyzed. The phylogenetic tree of the genus was reconstructed using the parsimony method on 1033 polymorphic repeated sequence restriction fragments. The genome origin of its polyploids was determined by calculating the diploid-polyploid restriction fragment correspondence (RFC). The tree is consistent with the morphological classification, genome designation and geographic distribution of the species at subgenus, section and subsection levels. Gossypium lobatum (D7) was unambiguously shown to have the highest RFC with the D-subgenomes of all five polyploids of the genus, while the common ancestor of Gossypium herbaceum (A1) and Gossypium arboreum (A2) likely contributed to the A-subgenomes of the polyploids. These results provide a comprehensive phylogenetic tree of the cotton genus and new insights into the genome origin and evolution of its polyploid species. The results also further demonstrate a simple, rapid and inexpensive method suitable for phylogenetic analysis of closely related species, especially congeneric species, and the inference of genome origin of polyploids that constitute over 70% of flowering plants.

published proceedings

  • Mol Genet Genomics

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, M., Rong, Y., Lee, M., Zhang, Y., Stelly, D. M., & Zhang, H.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Meiping||Rong, Ying||Lee, Mi-Kyung||Zhang, Yang||Stelly, David M||Zhang, Hong-Bin

publication date

  • January 2015