Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 317–320 | Cite as

Genetic variability in the endemic Leucojum valentinum

  • A. Jordán-Pla
  • E. Estrelles
  • M. Boscaiu
  • P. Soriano
  • O. Vicente
  • I. Mateu-Andrés
Brief Communication


The genetic variability of Leucojum valentinum Pau (Amaryllidaceae), a vulnerable endemic species restricted to a small area in the region of Valencia (Eastern Spain), has been studied using random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers. A total of 197 individuals from eleven populations were studied using 13 RAPD primers. Our results show high variability for the species, low differentiation among populations and uncorrelated levels of genetic variability and population size. Four groups in which three populations (SAG, PUG and COL) are separated from all the others were found, but without connection to geographical location.

Additional key words

conservation fragmented populations Mediterranean region molecular markers populations’ management RAPD threatened plants 



random amplified polymorphic DNA


un-weighted pair-group method arithmetic average


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Jordán-Pla
    • 1
  • E. Estrelles
    • 2
  • M. Boscaiu
    • 3
  • P. Soriano
    • 2
  • O. Vicente
    • 4
  • I. Mateu-Andrés
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Dpto. BotánicaUniversidad de ValenciaBurjassot, ValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología EvolutivaJardín Botánico de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  3. 3.Instituto Agroforestal MediterráneoUniversidad Politécnica de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  4. 4.Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de PlantasUniversidad Politécnica de ValenciaValenciaSpain

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