Molecular Genetics and Genomics

, Volume 294, Issue 1, pp 135–147 | Cite as

Development of EST-SSR markers and their application in an analysis of the genetic diversity of the endangered species Magnolia sinostellata

  • Xingli Wang
  • Wenchong Chen
  • Jia Luo
  • Zhangxiu Yao
  • Qin Yu
  • Yaling Wang
  • Shouzhou Zhang
  • Zhigao Liu
  • Mingru Zhang
  • Yamei ShenEmail author
Original Article


Magnolia sinostellata is an endemic species of Magnoliaceae that is narrowly distributed in the south of Zhejiang Province, China. To explore the genetic diversity and population structure of this endangered species, this study developed sequence tag-simple sequence repeat (EST-SSR) markers based on transcriptome data of M. sinostellata. In total, 25472 SSRs were identified among 110644 unique assembled sequences with a total of 90.83 Mb and an average frequency of 23.02%. The mononucleotide (33.53%) and dinucleotide (42.08%) motifs appeared to be the most abundant. In total, 150 potential loci were randomly selected to validate the quality of the developed SSR markers; an effective PCR rate of 32.00% and a polymorphism rate of 15.33% were obtained for these loci. After performing sequencing and cloning for validation, 23 pairs of SSR primers were retained and used to characterize the genetic diversity and population structure of M. sinostellata. Overall, 204 alleles were amplified. The results of Shannon’s information index (I), heterozygosity (Ho), heterozygosity (He) and Nei’s expected heterozygosity (H) indicated rich genetic diversity in M. sinostellata. However, the high inbreeding coefficient and differential coefficient suggest that serious genetic drift occurred within populations, and genetic differentiation is apparent among the populations. Consequently, although M. sinostellata has high genetic diversity among populations, it is still in a serious and dangerous condition. Habitat destruction caused by human activities is the main threat to this species, and enhancing the species abundance by adopting some conservation measures should be favourable for saving the species.


Magnolia sinostellata Genetic diversity Expressed sequence tag-simple sequence repeat Population structure 



We thank Prof. Yanru Zeng from Zhejiang A & F University for her modification of the text. We thank Caoyutang in Jingning County, Wenzhou Forestry Bureau and Mr. Junfeng Wang from Lishui Academic of Forestry for their help with the sample plot survey. We also thank Pengjie Chang, Sainan and Ninghang Wang for preparing the samples.

Author contributions

XW and YS were the equal chief scientists in this study, designed the experiments, conducted statistical analysis, and wrote the manuscript; WC, JL, ZY and QY, the major participants in this study, were responsible for data collection; YW, SZ, ZL and MZ, the major participants in this study, were responsible for manuscript revision and language improvement.


This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China [31400599]; the 13th Five-Year-Plan for Floriculture Special Breeding of Zhejiang Province, China [2016C02056-12]; and the Public Welfare Forestry Industry Project of State Forestry Administration, China [201504322].

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies involving human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xingli Wang
    • 1
  • Wenchong Chen
    • 2
  • Jia Luo
    • 2
  • Zhangxiu Yao
    • 3
  • Qin Yu
    • 1
  • Yaling Wang
    • 4
  • Shouzhou Zhang
    • 3
  • Zhigao Liu
    • 1
  • Mingru Zhang
    • 1
  • Yamei Shen
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Landscape and ArchitectureZhejiang A&F UniversityLin’anChina
  2. 2.Nurturing Station for the State Key Laboratory of Subtropical SilvicultureZhejiang A&F UniversityLin’anChina
  3. 3.Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical GardenShenzhenChina
  4. 4.Xi’an Botanical Garden of Shaanxi Academy of ScienceXi’anChina

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