Development of DNA microsatellite markers in tropical yam (Dioscorea sp.)


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We developed new simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers in different species of yam (Dioscorea sp.). A microsatellite-enriched bank was created from Dioscorea alata, Dioscorea abyssinica and Dioscorea praehensilis. Sixteen polymorphic loci were characterized. Several of these markers are transferable to species of other Dioscorea sections.