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Comparison of crossability, RAPD, SDS-PAGE and morphological markers for revealing genetic relationships within and among Lens species


The phylogenetic relationships among (sub)-species in the genus Lens have been reviewed based on recent published reports. There was both a substantial level of agreement and disagreement between reports based on different analytical procedures and different plant germ plasms. Lens culinaris ssp. orientalis appeared as the wild progenitor of the cultivated lentils. A gene flow from L. odemensis and L. ervoides during lentil crop evolution was suggested. Morphological characters (quantitative and qualitative) showed a different taxonomic pattern in the genus Lens. The use of nuclear and biochemical markers (RFLPs, RAPDs, seed-protein electrophoresis) appeared to be the most consistent and reliable methods for determining genetic relationships. It is suggested that these techniques be used in combination for taxonomic analysis of the genus Lens.

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Ahmad, M., McNeil, D.L. Comparison of crossability, RAPD, SDS-PAGE and morphological markers for revealing genetic relationships within and among Lens species. Theoret. Appl. Genetics 93, 788–793 (1996).

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Key words

  • RAPD
  • Morphological markers
  • Crossability
  • Genetic relationships
  • Genus Lens