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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Molecular Markers Used to Verify Interspecific Hybridization Between Hemlock (Tsuga) Species

Authors
item Pooler, Margaret
item Riedel, Gertrude
item Bentz, Susan
item Townsend, Alden

Submitted to: Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 2, 2002
Publication Date: April 16, 2002
Citation: Molecular genetic diversity among twelve clones of lagerstroemia fauriei revealed by AFLP and RAPD markers

Interpretive Summary: Controlled pollinations were made between five hemlock (Tsuga) species from eastern North American and Asia, resulting in over 5700 germinating seedlings. A subset of putative hybrid seedlings from each cross was tested for authenticity by various DNA marker systems. The most reliable and useful system for verifying hybrids was Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) markers. Hybridizations between the eastern North American species, T. canadensis and T. caroliniana, and the Asian species, T. chinensis, were used as a model to test the inheritance, reliability, and ease of use of these markers. Using AFLP markers, we were able to verify 58 hybrids between T. caroliniana and T. chinensis, one hybrid between T. caroliniana and T. canadensis, but could find no definitive hybrids between T. canadensis and T. chinensis. Results using other marker systems, including RAPD, SCAR, ITS, and SSR, are also presented.

Technical Abstract: Controlled pollinations were made between five hemlock (Tsuga) species from eastern North American and Asia, resulting in over 5700 germinating seedlings. A subset of putative hybrid seedlings from each cross was tested for authenticity by various DNA marker systems. The most reliable and useful system for verifying hybrids was Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) markers. Hybridizations between the eastern North American species, T. canadensis and T. caroliniana, and the Asian species, T. chinensis, were used as a model to test the inheritance, reliability, and ease of use of these markers. Using AFLP markers, we were able to verify 58 hybrids between T. caroliniana and T. chinensis, one hybrid between T. caroliniana and T. canadensis, but could find no definitive hybrids between T. canadensis and T. chinensis. Results using other marker systems, including RAPD, SCAR, ITS, and SSR, are also presented.

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