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Microsatellite DNA as shared genetic markers among conifer species


Craig S. Echt
G.G. Vendramin
C.D. Nelson



Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Southern Research Station


Can. J. For. Res., Vol. 365-371


Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primer pairs for 21 simple sequence repeat (SSR) loci in Pinus strobus L. and 6 in Pinus radiata D. Don. were evaluated to determine whether SSR marker amplification could be achieved in 10 other conifer species. Eighty percent of SSR primer pairs for (AC)n loci that were polymorphic in P. strobus also amplified SSR loci in two other soft pines of the subgenus Strobus but not in seven hard pines of the subgenus Pinus, nor in Picea glauca (Moench) Voss or Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco. The six P. strobus SSR primer pairs that did amplify loci from conifers other than soft pines were those that were specific to loci monomorphic within P. strobus. These six loci were also monomorphic within seven other species tested, but four of the loci were polymorphic among species. A comparison of allelic variation among the three soft pine species found only 25 shared alleles among a total of 122 alleles at eight loci. Primer pairs for dinucleotide SSR loci that were polymorphic in Pinus radiata also specifically amplified loci from various other hard pines but not from the soft pines or from the other conifers tested.


Echt, Craig S.; Vendramin, G.G.; Nelson, C.D.; Marquardt, P. 1999. Microsatellite DNA as shared genetic markers among conifer species. Can. J. For. Res., Vol. 365-371

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