Implementation of simple sequence repeat markers to genotype Florida strawberry varieties
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Simple sequence repeats (SSRs or microsatellites) are frequently used as a robust, rapid, and relatively inexpensive means of genotyping. Recent reports in cultivated strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) have identified a widely applicable set of SSRs that permits discrimination of closely-related genotypes. In the present study this same set of SSRs is analyzed in cultivars commonly grown in the state of Florida, as well as advanced breeding selections from the University of Florida program. Nine primer pairs have been used to produce discrete SSR patterns for all lines tested, including diagnostic sets that distinguish between closely-related cultivars and/or breeding selections. A comparison of markers to known pedigrees is presented, along with analysis of relative relatedness between lines studied. We also detail important technical considerations for transferability and limitations of these technologies between laboratories. The resulting genotype data for cultivars commonly used in Florida are accessible as supplemental data in graphic format and allow comparison with other cultivars. Users can thus select the most diagnostic SSRs to test the lines in question. These resources provide new tools for breeders and nurseries to authenticate genotypes, follow inheritance patterns and enforce patent protection. As important, this report underscores the strengths and weaknesses of applying the original methodologies to a different plant population in independent laboratories.
KeywordsMicrosatellites SSR markers Fragaria Strawberry Genotyping Fingerprinting
This research was funded by a grant from the University of Florida IFAS Dean for Research (KMF and NP). The authors thank Dr. Daniel Sargent for valuable discussions and Kayla Shea Childers for technical assistance. The authors also recognize Dr. Craig K. Chandler for helpful insights and starting materials.
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