Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 53, Issue 5, pp 901–906 | Cite as

Genetic Diversity among Syrian Cultivated and Landraces Wheat Revealed by AFLP Markers

  • A. Shoaib
  • M. I. E. Arabi


Genetic diversity among some important Syrian wheat cultivars was estimated using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) markers. Five Triticum aestivum L. and 10 Triticum turgidum ssp. durum were analyzed with 11 EcoRI–MseI primer pair combinations. Of the approximately 525 detected AFLP markers, only 46.67% were polymorphic. Cluster analysis with the entire AFLP data divided all cultivars into two major groups reflecting their origins. The first one contained T. aestivum L. cultivars, and the T. turgidum ssp. durum cultivars and landraces were grouped in the second. Narrow genetic diversity among all cultivars was detected with an average genetic similarity of 0.884. The lowest similarity index (0.9) was found between Cham5 and Hamary (durum wheat), whereas this value was 0.93 between Salamony and Bouhouth 4 (T. aestivum L.). The narrow genetic diversity level indicates that these genotypes could be originated from the same source. AFLP analysis provides crucial information for studying genetic variation among wheat cultivars and provides important information for plant improvement.


Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) Genetic diversity Wheat (Triticum aestivum L. Triticum turgidum ssp. durum (Desf.) Husn.) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyAtomic Energy Commission of SyriaDamascusSyria

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