Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 55, Issue 6, pp 811–822 | Cite as

Assessment and rationalization of genetic diversity of Papua New Guinea taro (Colocasia esculenta) using SSR DNA fingerprinting

  • D. SinghEmail author
  • E. S. Mace
  • I. D. Godwin
  • P. N. Mathur
  • T. Okpul
  • M. Taylor
  • D. Hunter
  • R. Kambuou
  • V. Ramanatha Rao
  • G. Jackson
Research Paper


Taro (Colocasia esculenta) accessions were collected from 15 provinces of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The collection, totalling 859 accessions was collated for characterization and a core collection of 81 accessions (∼10%) was established on the basis of characterization data generated on 30 agro-morphological descriptors, and DNA fingerprinting using seven SSR primers. The selection of accessions was based on cluster analysis of the morphological data enabling initial selection of 20% accessions. The 20% sample was then reduced and rationalized to 10% based on molecular data generated by SSR primers. This represents the first national core collection of any species established in PNG based on molecular markers. The core has been integrated with core from other Pacific Island countries, contributing to a Pacific regional core collection, which is conserved in vitro in the South Pacific Regional Germplasm Centre at Fiji. The core collection is a valuable resource for food security of the South Pacific region and is currently being utilized by the breeding programmes of small Pacific Island countries to broaden the genetic base of the crop.


Agro-morphology Characterization Colocasia esculenta Core collection DNA fingerprinting Simple sequence repeats (SSR) Taro 



These studies were jointly supported by the AusAID Taro Genetic Resources: Conservation and Utilization Project, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) Project CS2/94/43, International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Singh
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • E. S. Mace
    • 4
    • 5
  • I. D. Godwin
    • 4
  • P. N. Mathur
    • 6
  • T. Okpul
    • 1
  • M. Taylor
    • 2
  • D. Hunter
    • 2
  • R. Kambuou
    • 1
  • V. Ramanatha Rao
    • 7
  • G. Jackson
    • 8
  1. 1.National Agricultural Research InstituteLaePapua New Guinea
  2. 2.Secretariat of the Pacific CommunitySuvaFiji
  3. 3.Plant Breeding Institute CobbittyUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.School of Land, Crop and Food SciencesUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  5. 5.Department of Primary Industries and FisheriesHermitage Research StationWarwickAustralia
  6. 6.International Plant Genetic Resources InstituteOffice of South AsiaNew DelhiIndia
  7. 7.International Plant Genetic Resources InstituteRegional Office for Asia, the Pacific and OceaniaSerdangMalaysia
  8. 8.SydneyAustralia

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