Genetic structure and diversity of Ukrainian red clover cultivars revealed by microsatellite markers


Polymorphism of microsatellite loci of Ukrainian red clover cultivars has been studied. 87 microsatellite alleles, which occurred in different combinations, were identified. The number of alleles ranged from 7 to 10. Microsatellite allele distribution showed that 15 alleles were common for all the red clover cultivars (17.2%). The red clover cultivars were represented by homozygous and heterozygous genotypes. The observed and expected heterozygosity ranged from 0.067 to 0.269 and from 0.225 to 0.807, respectively. An analysis of molecular variance revealed that the largest proportion of variation (68.5%) resided at the intrapopulation level. Differentiation of the Ukrainian cultivars was moderately expressed (FST = 0.07). 

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Dugar, Y. and Popov, V. (2013) Genetic structure and diversity of Ukrainian red clover cultivars revealed by microsatellite markers. Open Journal of Genetics, 3, 235-242. doi: 10.4236/ojgen.2013.34026.

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