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R-ISSR marker as a useful tool for detection of new genomic loci in Arthrocnemum macrostachyum

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Biologia Plantarum


Arthrocnemum macrostachyum, is a perennial halophytic shrub typical of Mediterranean salt marshes. The present study aims to investigate some combinations of inter simple sequence repeat (ISSR) and random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) primers applied in real PCR. Thereby, the potential of R-ISSR markers to detect new genomic loci in 3 genotypes of A. macrostachyum grown in the Western coast of Syria was examined. Different combinations of RAPD and ISSR primers produced bands that were absent when single ISSR or RAPD primers were used. The results have demonstrated that ISSR primer (AG)8TC gave more informative pattern when combined with different RAPD primers comparing to other tested primers. In contrast, the tested ISSR primer (GACA)4 gave less informative pattern when used alone. These combinations were successfully applied in real PCR to detect new genomic variability in A. macrostachyum genotypes.

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cetyltrimethylammonium bromide


polymerase chain reaction


random amplified polymorphic DNA


inter simple sequence repeat


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We thank Dr. I. Othman (Director General of AECS) and Dr. N. Mirali (Head of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department in AECS) for their support, and also the Plant Biotechnology group for technical assistance.

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Saleh, B. R-ISSR marker as a useful tool for detection of new genomic loci in Arthrocnemum macrostachyum . Biol Plant 55, 327–330 (2011).

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