Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 53, Issue 8, pp 1635–1641 | Cite as

Identification of sweet cherry cultivars (Prunus avium L.) and analysis of their genetic relationships by chloroplast sequence-characterised amplified regions (cpSCAR)

  • Aydin Turkec
  • Muge Sayar
  • Berthold Heinze


Ten cpSCAR markers that show polymorphism in Prunus avium were used to fingerprint sweet cherry cultivars. The purpose of the study was also to contribute to identification and to help determine their genetic interrelationships. Samples of ‘0900 Ziraat’, a superior Turkish variety, which were collected in several locations all over Turkey, had identical cpSCAR patterns, and they resembled a common European haplotype, A. ‘Sweetheart’, ‘Summit’ and ‘Canada Giant’ and their haplotype are intermediate between the previously described haplotypes A and B, which were originally found in Central and Eastern European sweet and wild cherries, and those from Northern Turkey, respectively. The data therefore suggests a local maternal descent (within Europe and Asia Minor) of the cultivars analysed. Our results show that chloroplast DNA analysis is a straightforward way to classify cherry cultivars. We compare our results to others previously reported for sweet cherry cultivars, and conclude that cpSCAR diversity data could be considered for phylogenetic studies in this group.


cpDNA primers Genetic diversity Haplotype PCR–RFLP Polymorphism Prunus avium 



amplified fragment length polymorphism


chloroplast DNA


chloroplast DNA sequence characterised region


chloroplast haplotype A


chloroplast haplotype B


polymerase chain reaction–restriction fragment length polymorphism


random amplified polymorphic DNA


simple sequence repeat


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mustafa Kemalpasa Vocational SchoolUludag UniversityBursaTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Biology and GeneticsBogazici UniversityBebekTurkey
  3. 3.Federal Research Centre for ForestryViennaAustria

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