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Numerical chromosomal aberrations

Numerical chromosomal aberrations

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Description about Numerical chromosomal aberrations

Each species of an organism has a specific number of chromosomes in its somatic cells.

These chromosomes are found in pairs. At the time of formation of gametes the chromosome number is reduced.

Hence, the gemetes carry haploid set of chromosomes.

Alterations in the number of chromosomes from the diploid set is called numerical chromosomal aberrations.

It is also known as ploidy. There are two types of ploidy they are euploidy and aneuploidy.


Euploidy is the variation in the chromosome number that occurs due to increase or decrease of full set of chromosomes.

Monoploidy, diploidy and polyploidy are the types in euploidy.


In most of the plants and animals, the somatic cells contain two sets of chromosome.

Diploidy is formed by the union of two gametes during fertilization.


Addition of one or more sets of chromosomes to the diploid set results in polyploidy.

It is commonly noticed in plants and rare in animals.

They are of two kinds – autopolyploidy and allopolyploidy.
Numerical chromosomal aberrations ploidy flow chart


Addition of one or more haploid set of its own genome in an organism results in autopolyploidy.

Watermelon, grapes and banana are autotriploids, whereas apple is an autotetraploid.


Increase in one or more haploid set of chromosomes from two different species result in allopolyploidy.

Triticale is the first man made cereal.

It is obtained by crossing a wheat Triticum durum (2n = 4x = 28) and a rye Secale cereale (2n = 2x = 14).

The Fl hybrid (2n = 3x = 21) is sterile.

Then the chromosome number is doubled using colchicine and it becomes an hexaploid.

ploidy Numerical chromosomal aberrations


Variation that involves one or two chromosomes within the diploid set of an organism results in aneuploidy.

It is of two types – hypoploidy and hyperploidy.


Decrease in one or two chromosomes from the diploid set is described as hypoploidy.

There are two types of hypoploidy – monosomy and nullisomy. Monosomy is due to loss of a chromosome from the diploid set

i.e. 2n – 1.

Nullisomy is the condition in which a pair of homologous chromosomes is lost from the diploid set i.e. 2n – 2.


Addition of one or two chromosomes to the diploid set of chromosome results in hyperploidy.

There are two types of hyperploidy – trisomy and tetrasomy.

Trisomy results due to the addition of one chromosome to diploid set of chromosomes.

It is represented by 2n + 1. Trisomics are observed in Datura stramonium.

Tetrasomy results due to the addition of two chromosomes to diploid set of chromosome.

It is represented by 2n+2.

Significance of ploidy

Polyploidy plays an important role in plant breeding and horticulture.

0 Polyploidy has more vigorous effect than the diploids and results in
the production of large sized flowers and fruits.

Hence, it has economical significance.

It plays significant role in the evolution of new species.

Polyploidy results in the changes in the season of flowering and fruiting.

Polyploids are vigorous invaders of new habitats.

It leads to the formation of new varieties which show high resistance to disease and increase in yield.

Tetraploid cabbages and tomatoes contain more ascorbic acid whereas tetraploid corn contains more vitamin A.

Both euploidy and aneuploidy in man cause congenital diseases.

Polyploidy varieties like apple, pear, grape and watermelons are cultivated because of their large size.

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Types of chromosomes with special types

Gene and genome

Linkage and mechanism of linkage

Crossing over, gene mapping and recombination of chromosome

Mutation and classification of mutation

Mutagenic agents and its significance

Structural Chromosomal aberrations


Role of DNA 

Structure of DNA and Function of DNA

Replication of DNA

Structure of RNA and Types of RNA

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