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Characterization of microsatellite loci in the African fig Ficus sycomorus L. (Moraceae)

Authors

  • SOPHIA AHMED,

    1. Centre for Plant Sciences, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK,
    2. Sheffield Molecular Genetics Facility, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK,
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      Present address: School of Biological Sciences, Philip Lyle Tower, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6BX, UK

  • DEBORAH A. DAWSON,

    1. Sheffield Molecular Genetics Facility, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK,
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  • STEPHEN G. COMPTON,

    1. School for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Faculty if Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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  • PHILIP M. GILMARTIN

    1. Centre for Plant Sciences, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK,
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S. Ahmed, Fax: ++44 118 378 8160; E-mail: sophia.ahmed@rdg.ac.uk

Abstract

Microsatellite loci were characterized in the African fig tree Ficus sycomorus in order to investigate patterns of pollination and gene flow in this species. The loci characterized included new loci isolated from F. sycomorus and a single locus originally developed in Ficus carica. In total 12 loci were polymorphic when tested in between eight and 79 Namibian F. sycomorus individuals. Three of the new F. sycomorus loci were found to be polymorphic in cultivars of the edible fig F. carica suggesting a selection of these loci will be useful for population studies in other fig species.

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