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