Skip to main content

Development of 12 novel microsatellite loci for invasive Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) from its introduced range

Abstract

Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) is a shrub native to Southeast Asia and invasive in the eastern United States, representing a significant threat to biodiversity and ecosystem health, particularly in riparian habitats. We developed 12 polymorphic microsatellite loci from four widely distributed populations within the introduced range. Overall, the number of alleles per locus ranged from 1 to 6 and expected heterozygosity ranged from 0 to 0.58 per locus. We found only 2 instances of significant deviations from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium and none of the loci showed significant linkage disequilibrium. These loci provide a valuable tool to study the diversity and invasion history of this introduced species.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

References

  1. Kartzinel TR, Trapnell DW, Glenn TC (2012) Microsatellite primers for the neotropical epiphyte Epidendrum firmum (Orchidaceae). Am J Bot 99(11):e450–e452

    Article  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  2. Merriam RW, Feil E (2002) The potential impact of an introduced shrub on native plant diversity and forest regeneration. Biol Invasions 4:369–373

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Ward RW (2002) Extent and dispersal rates of Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) invasion on the upper Oconee River floodplain, North Georgia. Southeast Geogr 1:29–48

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Acknowledgments

We thank M.M. Mauricio and K.E. Myhre for their assistance in collecting samples. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program (OISE 0730218). KEB was supported by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (DGE0903734).

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Rodney Mauricio.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Dahn, H.A., Lee, J.B., Bentley, K.E. et al. Development of 12 novel microsatellite loci for invasive Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) from its introduced range. Conservation Genet Resour 7, 467–469 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12686-014-0397-z

Download citation

Keywords

  • 454 Pyrosequencing
  • Invasive
  • Privet
  • Riparian
  • Shrub