Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 297–312 | Cite as

Genetic Variation of Ethiopian Mustard (Brassica carinata A. Braun) Germplasm in Western Canada

  • S. I. Warwick
  • R. K. Gugel
  • T. McDonald
  • K. C. Falk


Information on genetic diversity and genetic relationships among genotypes of Brassica carinata is currently limited. The objectives of this study were to evaluate patterns and levels of genetic diversity in B. carinata based on amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLP) as compared with Brassica juncea and Brassica nigra, and to evaluate agronomic and seed quality data for plants grown in the field in western Canada. A total of 296 AFLP bands were generated from four primer pair combinations and scored for presence/absence in 66, 20 and 7 accessions of B. carinata, B. juncea and B. nigra, respectively. B. carinata was less genetically diverse than the other two species. Differences in diversity were evident in the proportion of polymorphic loci within each species: 23, 35 and 50% for B. carinata, B. nigra and B. juncea, respectively. Pair-wise similarity measures based on the Jaccard coefficient were highest among accessions of B. carinata and showed the narrowest range: 0.911 (0.810–0.981) compared to B. nigra: 0.569 (0.438–0.660) and B. juncea: 0.715 (0.345–0.951). AFLP-based genetic distance information can be used by plant breeders to select diverse genotypes. AFLPs are also useful for fingerprinting cultivars and two primer pair combinations were sufficient to uniquely identify all the accessions of B. carinata. More variation among accessions was identified in the agronomic trial than had previously been described in studies of B. carinata in western Canada, but the data were too limited to draw conclusions regarding specific accessions. Overall, the findings were in agreement with other published work describing the favourable agronomic potential of this species.


AFLP Brassica carinata Brassica juncea Brassica nigra Field evaluation trials Genetic diversity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. I. Warwick
    • 1
  • R. K. Gugel
    • 2
  • T. McDonald
    • 1
  • K. C. Falk
    • 2
  1. 1.Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaEastern Cereal and Oilseed Research CentreOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaSaskatoon Research CentreSaskatoonCanada

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