, Volume 114, Issue 2, pp 183–194 | Cite as

Genetic Relatedness Among Dioecious Ficus carica L. cultivars by Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA Analysis, and Evaluation of Agronomic and Morphological Characters

  • Kalliopi Papadopoulou
  • Constantinos Ehaliotis
  • Maria Tourna
  • Petros Kastanis
  • Ioannis Karydis
  • Georgios Zervakis


A collection of 64 fig (Ficus carica L.) accessions was characterized through the use of RAPD markers, and results were evaluated in conjunction with morphological and agronomical characters, in order to determine the genetic relatedness of genotypes with diverse geographic origin. The results indicate that fig cultivars have a rather narrow genetic base. Nevertheless, RAPD markers could detect enough polymorphism to differentiate even closely related genotypes (i.e., clones of the same cultivar) and a unique fingerprint for each of the genotypes studied was obtained. No wasteful duplications were found in the collection. Cluster analysis allowed the identification of groups in accordance with geographic origin, phenotypic data and pedigree. Taking into account the limited information concerning fig cultivar development, the results of this study, which provide information on the genetic relationships of genetically distinct material, dramatically increase the fundamental and practical value of the collection and represent an invaluable tool for fig germplasm management.

Cultivar identification Ficus caricaFig Genetic variability RAPD 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kalliopi Papadopoulou
    • 1
  • Constantinos Ehaliotis
    • 1
    • 2
  • Maria Tourna
    • 1
  • Petros Kastanis
    • 1
  • Ioannis Karydis
    • 1
  • Georgios Zervakis
    • 1
  1. 1.National Agricultural Research FoundationInstitute of KalamataKalamataGreece (Phone
  2. 2.Department of Reclamation of Natural Resources and Agricultural Engineering, Laboratory of Soils and Agricultural Chemistry, Iera Odos 75Agricultural University of AthensAthensGreece (Phone

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