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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Analysis of Genetic Diversity in Selected Cornus Species Using SSR Markers

Authors
item Wang, Xinwang - UNIV OF TENN
item Trigiano, Robert - UNIV OF TENN
item Windham, Mark - UNIV OF TENN
item Devries, Renae - UNIV OF TENN
item Rinehart, Timothy
item Spiers, James
item Scheffler, Brian

Submitted to: Southern Nursery Association Research Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: August 8, 2006
Publication Date: April 5, 2007
Citation: Wang, X., Trigiano, R., Windham, M., Devries, R., Rinehart, T.A., Spiers, J.M., Scheffler, B.E. 2007. Analysis of Genetic Diversity in Selected Cornus Species Using SSR Markers. Southern Nursery Association Research Conference vol.51, pp. 616-617.

Interpretive Summary: The genus Cornus consists of many species, of which C. florida, C. kousa, C. mas and C. stolonifera are four main ornamental species in North America, Asia and Europe. For example, over 200 cultivars of flowering dogwood (C. florida) have been developed for the nursery industry. Flowering dogwood has become one of the most popular ornamental trees in the United States. Many of the flowering dogwood cultivars have similar phenotypes and identification of these cultivars is difficult for breeders and nurserymen. Although some specific phenotypes may be provided to identify some of these cultivars, molecular markers have been widely applied in identification among different cultivars . Microsatellite loci or SSRs are useful markers for studying genetic diversity between various species because of their abundance, high polymorphism (variability) and simple application.

Technical Abstract: The genus Cornus consists of many species, of which C. florida, C. kousa, C. mas and C. stolonifera are four main ornamental species in North America, Asia and Europe. For example, over 200 cultivars of flowering dogwood (C. florida) have been developed for the nursery industry. Flowering dogwood has become one of the most popular ornamental trees in the United States. Many of the flowering dogwood cultivars have similar phenotypes and identification of these cultivars is difficult for breeders and nurserymen. Although some specific phenotypes may be provided to identify some of these cultivars, molecular markers have been widely applied in identification among different cultivars . Microsatellite loci or SSRs are useful markers for studying genetic diversity between various species because of their abundance, high polymorphism (variability) and simple application.

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