Journal article

Molecular variability and population structure of a core collection of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) cultivars from Australia and the Middle East

A Al-Najm, S Luo, NM Ahmad, M Pourkheirandish, R Trethowan

Australian Journal of Crop Science | Published : 2017

Abstract

Understanding genetic relatedness in date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) germplasm is important for effective plant improvement. Microsatellite (SSR) markers were used to assess the molecular variation and population structure of 60 Australian locally selected and exotic genotypes (24 female, 30 male and 6 related species), 12 Iraqi female cultivars and 10 female cultivars from Jordan. The main objectives were to survey genetic diversity and determine population structure in this core date palm collection which includes the most important and widely distributed cultivars in Australia. These Australian accessions were then compared to those originating from the date palm center of origin in th..

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