Economic Botany

, Volume 59, Issue 1, pp 8–17 | Cite as

Genetic diversity of Chile (Capsicum annuum var. annuum L.) landraces from Northern New mexico, Colorado, and Mexico

  • Eric J. Votava
  • Jit B. Baral
  • Paul W. Bosland


Four hundred years of chile(Capsicum annuum var.annuum) cultivation, together with concerns about losing genetic resources in their native agrohabitats, provide the pretext for collecting and preserving landraces of this species in New Mexico. The molecular analysis of these accessions provided a powerful means by which their genetic structures were characterized. Random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) molecular markers were used to compare the relative genetic diversity of native chile landraces to the genetic diversity found in commercially available cultivars in the United States as well as landraces from Mexico.

Key Words

Landraces Capsicum annuum var.annuum RAPD genetic similarity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric J. Votava
    • 1
  • Jit B. Baral
    • 1
  • Paul W. Bosland
    • 1
  1. 1.Agronomy and Horticulture DepartmentNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA

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