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Plant Physiol. Mar 1975; 55(3): 496–501.
PMCID: PMC541645

The Relationship between Satellite Deoxyribonucleic Acid, Ribosomal Ribonucleic Acid Gene Redundancy, and Genome Size in Plants

Abstract

The buoyant density of ribosomal DNA is similar in species with or without satellite DNA, and in all species examined was distinguishable from that of the satellite DNA. In melon tissues (Cucumus melo) the percentage satellite DNA is not correlated with the percentage hybridization to ribosomal RNA. Satellite DNA sequences do not appear to be dispersed between those coding for ribosomal RNA. There is no correlation between the presence of satellite DNA and high ribosomal RNA gene redundancy, but there is a correlation between satellite DNA and small genome size, which results in a correlation between satellite DNA and a high percentage hybridization to ribosomal RNA. Satellite DNAs are defined as minor components after CsCI centrifugation.

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