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Marine Biotechnology

, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp 511–515 | Cite as

Genetic Typing of Corallium rubrum

  • D. del Gaudio
  • G. Fortunato
  • M. Borriello
  • J. M. Gili
  • P. Buono
  • G. Calcagno
  • F. Salvatore
  • L. SacchettiEmail author
Short Communication

Abstract

Corallium rubrum taxonomy is based on morphologic criteria; little is known about its genome. We set up a rapid, easy method based on amplified fragment length polymorphism to characterize the genetic patterns of C. rubrum in an attempt to understand better the evolutionary relations between species from diverse geographic areas and to help define migration patterns. Applying this procedure to C. rubrum specimens from Spain and Italy, we identified 6 AFLP amplification fragments common to the 4 coral populations studied and 4 fragments that differentiated between these populations. Using this characterization we were able to plot a “genetic identity card” of this commercially harvested species, which is also a marker of pollution.

Keywords

Cnidaria Octocorallia Corallium rubrum genetic typing polymorphism 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by grants from CNR (Progetto Finalizzato Biotechologie). We are indebted to Jean Ann Gilder for editing the text.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. del Gaudio
    • 1
  • G. Fortunato
    • 1
  • M. Borriello
    • 2
  • J. M. Gili
    • 3
  • P. Buono
    • 4
  • G. Calcagno
    • 1
  • F. Salvatore
    • 1
  • L. Sacchetti
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biochimica e Biotecnologie MedicheUniversità Federico II di Napoli and CEINGE scarlNapoliItaly
  2. 2.Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di RomaFacoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia “Agostino Gemelli,”RomaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Marine BiologyInstitut de Ciències del Mar, CMIMA-CSICBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Facoltà di Scienze MotorieUniversità degli Studi di Napoli ParthenopeNapoliItaly

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