Cereal Research Communications

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 159–167 | Cite as

Genetic diversity of Aegilops crassa and its relationship with Aegilops tauschii and the D genome of wheat

  • M. R. NaghaviEmail author
  • M. Ranjbar
  • A. Zali
  • M. J. Aghaei
  • M. Mardi
  • S. M. Pirseyedi


Simple sequence repeat (SSR) DNA markers were used to characterize the genetic diversity in 70 accessions of Aegilops crassa from Iran as well as to determine relationships among these accessions with 9 accessions of Aegilops tauschii (subsp. tauschii and strangulata) and 5 Triticum aestivum landraces. All twenty SSR primer pairs were polymorphic and identified a total number of 149 alleles corresponding to an average of 7.5 alleles per locus. The highest and lowest PIC values were obtained in subsp. strangulata and Ae. crassa accessions, respectively. Data obtained were used to estimate genetic similarity using the Dice coefficient, and dendrogram was constructed using the UPGMA method. The dendrogram separated the 84 accessions into two main groups. All species grouped according to their genomes. A good level of genetic diversity was observed in the accessions of Ae. crassa, even in geographically close regions, which can be used in the broadening of the genetic base of bread wheat. In addition, T. aestivum and subsp. tauschii were clustered further away from Ae. crassa, confirming probably chromosomal rearrangements in the Dgenome of Ae. crassa during the processes of evolution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Naghavi
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Ranjbar
    • 1
  • A. Zali
    • 1
  • M. J. Aghaei
    • 2
  • M. Mardi
    • 3
  • S. M. Pirseyedi
    • 3
  1. 1.Agronomy and Plant Breeding Department, Agricultural CollegeUniversity of TehranKarajIran
  2. 2.Seed and Plant Improvement InstituteNational Plant Gene Bank of IranKarajIran
  3. 3.Department of GenomicsAgricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of IranKarajIran

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