Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 353–357 | Cite as

The RAPD evidence for the phylogenetic relationship of the closely related species of cultivated apple

  • Z.Q. Zhou
  • Y.N. Li


The phylogenetic relationship of cultivated apple and its closely related species is still not clear in the taxonomy of genus Malus. To try to find new evidence for the origin and evolution of the cultivated apple, random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers of 14 taxa of Malus, among which a reference species (M. toringoides) and six presumably ancestral species of cultivated apple in the genus were investigated. The RAPD data obtained were used to construct both unrooted and rooted trees using TREECON software package. The result showed in our rooted tree that M. sieversii from the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China is the species which is most closely related to the cultivated apple, M. domesticacv. `Golden Delicious'. The phylogenetic relationships among the species studied are discussed.

cultivated apple Malus species phylogenetic relationships RAPD analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z.Q. Zhou
    • 1
  • Y.N. Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HorticultureSouthwest Agricultural UniversityChongqingChina

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