Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding

Understanding population differentiation using geographical, morphological and genetic characterization in Erodium cicunium

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Erodium cicunium (Geranaiceae) species are distributed in
different habitats of Iran. Some species are of medicinal
importance while some are well known weeds and used as
forage plants. An investigation was carried out to evaluate
124 randomly collected plants of
E. cicunium from 15
geographical populations in 5 provinces to study
population structure and for morphological and molecular
characters. Start Codon Targeted (SCoT) markers were used
to analyse molecular diversity. Analysis of molecular
variance (AMOVA) revealed significant genetic difference
among the studied populations and also revealed that 60%
of total genetic variability was due to within population
diversity while, 40% genetic differentiation was recorded
among population. Principal Coordinates Analysis (PCoA)
of populations based on morphological characters was
not in agreement with Metric Multidimensional Scaling
(MDS) plot of molecular data.

Keywords: Erodium cicunium, gene flow, genetic differentiation, SCoT


Year: 2020
Volume: 80
Issue: 4
Article DOI: 10.31742/IJGPB.80.4.12
Print ISSN: 0019-5200
Online ISSN: 0975-6906



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