The Journal of Agricultural Science

Research Article

Genetics of tannin content and its relationship with flower and testa colours in Vicia faba

A. Cabreraa1 and A. Martina1 p1

a1 Departamento de Genética, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos, Apartado 3048, 14080 Córdoba, Spain


Tannin content of the testa was estimated in crosses among six Vicia faba lines of diverse origin using the vanillin-HCl method. Additive genetic variance was predominant in the inheritance of tannin content. Two white-flowered parents possessed different genetic information for tannin content when the pleiotropic effect of genes for white flowers was eliminated. The genes controlling red testa (r), spotted flower (Sdp) and yellow pigment on the flower (yf) negatively influenced tannin content in the testa. Breeding for low tannin content in Vicia faba is feasible and selection can be based on plants with yellow-spotted flowers and red testas.

(Received February 28 1989)


p1 Present address: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Apartado 3048, 14080 Córdoba, Spain.

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