Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 2529–2532 | Cite as

Development and characterization of eleven microsatellite loci for the tropical understory tree Paypayrola blanchetiana Tul. (Violaceae)

  • Marcus BraunEmail author
  • Tiago Esposito
  • Bruno Huettel
  • Andrea Pedrosa Harand
Short Communication


Microsatellites markers were developed for Paypayrola blanchetiana (Violaceae), a near-dispersing forest tree forming aggregated populations, to investigate genetic diversity and gene flow among subpopulations in a fragmented environment. Next generation sequencing (Illumina platform) was used to develop ten nuclear microsatellite loci and one plastid microsatellite locus that amplify in P. blanchetiana. Polymorphism was tested in two subpopulations separated by a distance of approximately 11 km. The identified loci contained between two and five alleles per locus. Observed heterozygosity ranged between 0.063 and 0.563 in both subpopulations, while expected heterozygosity ranged from 0.063 to 0.567 in the first, and 0.063–0.627 in the second subpopulation. The microsatellites are among the first in the family Violaceae and will be useful for population genetic studies in this species. Amplification was successful in one further Paypayrola species from Amazonia, which suggest a wider usefulness of the present markers.


Cross-amplification Next generation sequencing Polymorphism Primer design SSR 



The authors thank Usina São José S.A., municipality of Igarassú (Pernambuco) for facilitating collection of leaf material, and Dr. Theresa Liberal, Bruno Sampaio and the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Biology (Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife) for providing services of the ABI-3500 sequencing platform. The study was supported by Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (Grant No. 300532/2016-4) and Fundação de Amparo à Ciência e Tecnologia do Estado de Pernambuco (Grant No. APQ-0207-2.03/13).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Plant Cytogenetics and Evolution, Department of Botany, Center of BiosciencesFederal University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Max Planck Genome Centre CologneMax Planck Institute for Plant Breeding ResearchCologneGermany

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