Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 89, Issue 6, pp 713–718 | Cite as

The utility of RAPD markers for the determination of genetic variation in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis)

  • F. H. Shah
  • O. Rashid
  • A. J. Simons
  • A. Dunsdon
Article

Abstract

The genetic variation among different accessions of oil-palm germplasm collected from Africa was estimated using random primers and the polymerase chain reaction. The present study revealed high levels of genetic variation in these accessions. Electrophoresis of the amplification products indicated that nine out of 20 primers were able to generate polymorphic products ranging in length from 0.2 kb to 2.3 kb. No individual palm or population-specific products were observed. Greatest diversity was seen in Zaire population 5 and the least in Zaire population 2.

Key words

Oil palm germplasm RAPD Genetic diversity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. H. Shah
    • 1
  • O. Rashid
    • 1
  • A. J. Simons
    • 2
  • A. Dunsdon
    • 2
  1. 1.Genetics DepartmentNational University of MalaysiaSelangorMalaysia
  2. 2.Oxford Forestry Institute, Department of Plant ScienceUniversity of OxfordOxfordEngland

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