Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 599–607 | Cite as

Analysis of genetic diversity in Turkish sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) populations using RAPD markers⋆

  • A. Gulhan ErcanEmail author
  • Melih Taskin
  • Kenan Turgut


The genetic diversity of 38 cultivated populations of Sesamum indicum L. from four different regions of Turkey was estimated at the DNA level with the random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) technique. Sixty-one bands were obtained for all populations 78% of which were polymorphic. Analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA) was used to investigate the genetic diversity of the populations which yielded highly significant differences among populations within regions (91.9% of the total genetic diversity). According to AMOVA and Shannon's index that were performed separately for each region, the highest value of genetic variation was observed among Northwest region populations (CV = 7.7; H0 = 0.304) and lowest in the Southeast regions' populations (CV = 2.6; H0 = 0.068). Nei and Li's similarity index was calculated and phylogenetic tree was established using the neighbor-joining algorithm. This phenetic analysis grouped 35 of 38 accessions in six groups leaving three highly diverse accessions outside. Wagner phylogenetic method was used to assess the phylogenetic relationships among the populations. In the majority-rule consensus tree, only 7 of the 32 forks showed above 60% occurrence. Using Principal Coordinate Analysis (PCO) of the RAPD data set, the groups were clearly separated along the first three axis. These results indicate that RAPD technique is useful for sesame systematics, and should be valuable for the maintenance of germplasm banks and the efficient choice of parents in breeding programs.

Sesamum indicum AMOVA Genetic diversity RAPD 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Natural and Applied SciencesAkdeniz UniversityTurkey (e-mail
  2. 2.Agriculture Faculty, Department of Field CropsAkdeniz UniversityTurkey

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