Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 655–663 | Cite as

Genetic diversity and population structure of Litsea glutinosa (Lour.) in Central India

  • Naseer Mohammad
  • Ankur Dahayat
  • Manorama Yadav
  • Fatima Shirin
  • S. A. Ansari
Research Article


Litsea glutinosa (Lour.), one of the most dwindling forest species in central India, is represented by highly fragmented populations that have been drastically reduced for the last 40 years, promulgating government ban on its extraction. For the first time with the help of ISSR markers, we investigated genetic variation and population structure of L. glutinosa in central Indian states. A total of 84 genotypes from 10 populations covering the entire potential pockets of the species in central India were collected. The percentage of polymorphic loci ranged from 44.79% (Rewa) to 94.79% (Marvahi) with a mean value of 70.10%. The sampled populations harbored high level of genetic diversity (mean h = 0.294 and I = 0.424) that was partitioned more within populations (73%) than between populations (27%). Bayesian structure analysis revealed the existence of four admixed genetic pools in L. glutinosa. The unsustainable extraction rather than genetic factor seems to be responsible for population fragmentation and dwindling status of this species. The dioecious nature of the species advocates an in-situ conservation to be the most suited approach for which Chhindwara, Jagdalpur, Balaghat and Jabalpur populations are appropriate.


Conservation Genetic diversity Population structure Litsea glutinosa 



The authors are thankful to the Director, Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) for providing necessary facilities for the investigation. Logistic support provided by Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh State Forest Department is also acknowledged. Investigation is financially supported by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun, under the project id: 205/TFRI/2013/Gen-2(29).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naseer Mohammad
    • 1
  • Ankur Dahayat
    • 1
  • Manorama Yadav
    • 1
  • Fatima Shirin
    • 1
  • S. A. Ansari
    • 2
  1. 1.Tropical Forest Research InstituteJabalpurIndia
  2. 2.Institute of Forest ProductivityRanchiIndia

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