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Diversity 2010, 2(1), 107-114; doi:10.3390/d2010107
Communication

Molecular Polymorphisms in Tunisian Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) as Revealed by RAPD Fingerprints

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Received: 16 December 2009; Accepted: 12 January 2010 / Published: 18 January 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biological Diversity Assessed by Molecular Methods)
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Abstract: The genetic diversity among Tunisian pomegranate cultivars has been investigated. Using universal primers, the random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) method was used to generate banding profiles from a set of twelve cultivars. Data was then computed with appropriate programs to construct a dendrogram illustrating the relationships between the studied cultivars. Our data proved the efficiency of the designed method to examine the DNA polymorphism in this crop since the tested primers are characterized by a collective resolving power of 12.83. In addition, the cluster analysis has exhibited a parsimonious tree branching independent from the geographic origin of the cultivars. In spite of the relatively low number of primers and cultivars, RAPD constitutes an appropriate procedure to assess the genetic diversity and to survey the phylogenetic relationships in this crop.
Keywords: pomegranate; Punica granatum L.; diversity; RAPD pomegranate; Punica granatum L.; diversity; RAPD
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Hasnaoui, N.; Mars, M.; Chibani, J.; Trifi, M. Molecular Polymorphisms in Tunisian Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) as Revealed by RAPD Fingerprints. Diversity 2010, 2, 107-114.

AMA Style

Hasnaoui N, Mars M, Chibani J, Trifi M. Molecular Polymorphisms in Tunisian Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) as Revealed by RAPD Fingerprints. Diversity. 2010; 2(1):107-114.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Hasnaoui, Néjib; Mars, Messaoud; Chibani, Jemni; Trifi, Mokhtar. 2010. "Molecular Polymorphisms in Tunisian Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) as Revealed by RAPD Fingerprints." Diversity 2, no. 1: 107-114.

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