The peroxidase isoenzyme banding pattern of 15 Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) cultivars was investigated for use in identification. Isoenzymes were separated by polyacrylamide slab gel electrophoresis, stained with benzidine-H2O2, and the relative intensities of the bands evaluated with a densitometer. Cultivar separations were made on single seedling samples at the 1% level of confidence using band number, mobility, and intensity ratios. Overall variability of the procedure was evaluated using a horseradish peroxidase standard and the effects of seedling age and seedlot determined. Of the 15 cultivars, 11 could be separated individually, whereas the remaining 4 were grouped into two pairs. Band mobilities for the standard and the cultivars varied 1 to 3%, whereas intensity ratios varied 9% for the standard, and 5 to 20% for most cultivars. Neither seedlot, seedling age, nor leaf position on the same seedling affected the peroxidase isoenzyme banding pattern.


Agronomy and Crop Sciences



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