Genetic Analysis of Flower Size and Production in Diploid Rose Academic Article uri icon


  • This project examined rose (Rosa hybrida) performance by measuring flower size and flower numbers per inflorescence in spring, summer, and fall seasons (mean temperatures 21.7, 30.0, and 18.1 C, respectively) in interrelated rose populations. Populations and progeny differed in flower size as expected. Heat stress in the summer season decreased flower diameter (18%), petal number (17% to 20%), and flower dry weight (32%). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed a significant population/progeny heat stress interaction for flower diameter indicating that rose genotypes responded differentially to heat stress. Flower size traits had moderate low to moderate narrow-sense (0.38, 0.260.33, and 0.53 for flower diameter, petal number, and flower dry weight, respectively) and moderately high to high broad-sense (0.70, 0.850.91, and 0.88 for flower diameter, petal number, and flower dry weight, respectively) heritability. Genotype environment (G E) variance (population/progeny heat stress) for flower diameter accounted for 35% of the total variance in the field experiment indicating that heat stress had moderate differential genotypic effects. However, the genetic variance was several fold greater than the G E variance indicating selection for flower size would be effective in any season but for the selection of a stable flower size (heat tolerant) rose genotype, selection would be required in both the cool and warm seasons. Seasonal differences in flower productivity of new shoots did not appear related to heat stress but rather to the severity of pruning conducted in the different seasons. The number of flowers produced on the inflorescence had moderate narrow-sense (h2 = 0.43) and high broad-sense (H2 = 0.75) heritability with a moderate genotype pruning effect that explained about 36% of the variance.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Liang, S., Wu, X., & Byrne, D.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Liang, Shuyin||Wu, Xuan||Byrne, David

publication date

  • July 2017