Development and characterization of microsatellite markers in Abies firma and interspecific amplification in other Japanese Abies species

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  • Y. SAITO,

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    1. Department of Ecosystem Studies, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Yayoi 1-1-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113–8657, Japan,
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  • C. L. LIAN,

    1. Asian National Environmental Science Center, The University of Tokyo, Midori-cho 1-1-8, Nishitokyo-shi, Tokyo 188–0002, Japan,
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  • T. HOGETSU,

    1. Department of Forest Science, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Yayoi 1-1-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113–8657, Japan
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  • Y. IDE

    1. Department of Ecosystem Studies, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Yayoi 1-1-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113–8657, Japan,
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Y. Saito, Fax: +81-3-5841-8259. E-mail: yoko@es.a.u.-tokyo.ac.jp

Abstract

Abies firma is a dominant coniferous tree species endemic to Japan. We isolated eight microsatellite loci from needles of this tree species and tested their polymorphism among 26 A. firma individuals. Six of them showed polymorphism, with two to 16 alleles per locus. Their expected heterozygosities ranged from 0.075 to 0.922. Moreover, interspecific amplification among Abies sachalinensis, Abies mariesii and Abies veitchii was successful in majority of the isolated loci, suggesting that these loci may be useful for characterization of other fir species.

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