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Isolation and characterization of nine microsatellite markers for the red alga Corallina officinalis


We report the development of nine polymorphic microsatellite markers for Corallina officinalis (Linnaeus, 1758), a calcifying intertidal red alga and important ecosystem engineer spread along the North East Atlantic. Characterization and analysis of loci were made using 15 individuals of C. officinalis from populations in Iceland and the UK. The average number of alleles per locus was 3.78 (range 2–6) and mean of gene diversity was 0.58 (range 0.38–0.77). The set of microsatellites developed here will provide a useful molecular tool for population genetic and conservation studies.

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This research was funded by projects UID/Multi/04326/2013, IF/01413/2014/CP1217/CT0004 from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT-MEC, Portugal) and RDF from University of Portsmouth and further supported by the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation and a scholarship from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). We thank C.D. McQuaid and C. Yesson for their comments.

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Tavares, A.I., Nicastro, K.R., Kolzenburg, R. et al. Isolation and characterization of nine microsatellite markers for the red alga Corallina officinalis. Mol Biol Rep 45, 2791–2794 (2018).

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