Preliminary Characterization of Wild Grapevine Populations (Vitis vinifera ssp. sylvestris) Grown Along the Danube River


  • Carmen F. POPESCU National Research Development Institute for Biotechnology in Horticulture Stefanesti, Calea Bucuresti, no. 37, CP 117713, Arges (RO)
  • Liviu C. DEJEU University of Agronomical Science and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, Faculty of Horticulture, 59 Bulevardul Marasesti, 011464, Bucharest (RO)
  • Rafael R. OCETE Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Biologia, C.P.41012 (ES)



ampelographic descriptors, diversity, in vitro regeneration, pollen morphology


The individuals belonging to three different groups of wild grapevines populations Vitis vinifera L. ssp. sylvestris (Gmelin) Hegi harvested along, or near the Danube River, were described by means of usual ampelographic methods. The twenty standardized descriptors used for morphological analysis revealed obvious differentiation among analyzed populations. Out of 65 individuals, a half produced flowers with separate sex and a high proportion of them were males (70%). Pollen measurements on light microscope provided information on differences in pollen size among inside wild grapevine populations of V. sylvestris with the polar length varying between 15.3 and 23 μm and the equatorial length between 15.5 and 24.4μm. The in vitro regenerative potential from meristematic tissue tested with each phenotype showed that the moment of differentiation, the aspect of proliferative structures and the rate of multiplication varied inside these wild grapevine populations, without any correlation with the location of harvesting. Our results provided valuable information about these Vitis vinifera ssp. sylvestris populations, possible to be used as starting plant material for research in general and further breeding of cultivars and grapevine rootstocks.




How to Cite

POPESCU, C. F., DEJEU, L. C., & OCETE, R. R. (2013). Preliminary Characterization of Wild Grapevine Populations (Vitis vinifera ssp. sylvestris) Grown Along the Danube River. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 41(2), 472–477.



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DOI: 10.15835/nbha4129317

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