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The presence of self-incompatibility was tested in Centromadia pun gens subsp. laevis and the genetic basis of the self-incompatibility response was explored using crossing studies. We performed full diallel crossing experiments among 10 individuals from one natural population and four F1 families. We observed a strong self-incompatibility response in all individuals tested, with a significant difference in seed set between selfed and outcrossed matings. Most pairwise matings among parental plants were compatible, with some nonreciprocally incompatible matings (i.e., the matings were successful in one direction, but not the other), and only one reciprocally incompatible mating. The full diallel crossing studies among sibs in the four F1 families showed two major compatibility classes. These results are consistent with a single-locus sporophytic self-incompatibility system in this species.

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