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Keywords:

  • Araucariaceae;
  • conifer;
  • conservation genetics;
  • microsatellite primers;
  • SSR

Abstract

Thirteen of the world's 19 species of Araucaria are endemic to the Pacific Ocean island of New Caledonia. In order to investigate the evolutionary biological processes underlying the radiation of the genus on the island we have developed a set of nuclear microsatellite loci. Using a membrane enrichment procedure, five loci have been developed (four derived from A. subulata DNA and one from A. rulei DNA) which amplified in A. columnaris. PCR products of the expected size were also produced in a very limited sample of eight other New Caledonian Araucaria species tested.