• Journal Article

High-resolution mapping and genetic characterization of the Lazy-2 gravitropic mutant of tomato

Citation

Behringer, F. J., & Lomax, T. (1999). High-resolution mapping and genetic characterization of the Lazy-2 gravitropic mutant of tomato. Journal of Heredity, 90(4), 489-493. DOI: 10.1093/jhered/90.4.489

Abstract

Mutation of the Lazy-2 (Lz-2) gene in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum mill.) produces a phytochrome-dependent reversal of shoot gravitropism, providing a unique genetic resource for investigating how signals from light modulate gravitropism. We mapped the Lz-2 gene using RFLPs and a PCR-based technique to assess the feasibility of positional cloning. Analysis of a 1338 plant backcross population between L. esculentum and L. pennellii placed Lz-2 within a 1.2 cM interval on chromosome 5, 0.4 cM from TG504-CT201A interval. The inabililty to resolve these markers indicates that Lz-2 resides in a centromeric region in which recombination is highly suppressed. Lazy-2 is tightly linked to but does not encode the gene for ACC4, an enzyme involved in ethylene biosynthesis. We also observed that Lz-2 is partially dominant under certain conditions and stages of development