• chickpea;
  • Cicer reticulatum;
  • mapping;
  • microsatellites;
  • STMS


Microsatellite loci were identified from chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.), the third most important grain legume crop in the world. A total of 13 sequence-tagged microsatellite markers were developed using two different approaches: (i) amplification using degenerate primers and (ii) cloning of intersimple sequence repeat (ISSR)-amplified fragments. Thirty-five chickpea accessions were analysed, which resulted in a total of 30 alleles at the 13 loci. The observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.1143 to 0.4571 with an average of 0.2284. The cross-species transferability of the sequence-tagged microsatellite site (STMS) markers was checked in Cicer reticulatum, the wild annual progenitor of chickpea. These microsatellite markers will be useful for assessing the genetic diversity patterns within chickpea as well as aid in construction of intra- and interspecific genetic linkage maps.