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Volume 10, Issue 1


Volume 10 (2015)

Genetic diversity and population structure of wild pear (Pyrus pyraster (L.) Burgsd.) in Poland

Łukasz Wolko / Jan Bocianowski
  • Department of Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Poznan University of Life Sciences, 60-637 Poznan, Poland
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/ Wojciech Antkowiak / Ryszard Słomski
  • Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Poznan University of Life Sciences, 60-637 Poznan, Poland
  • Institute of Human Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, 60-493 Poznań, Poland
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Published Online: 2014-09-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/biol-2015-0003


In order to provide molecular characteristics of wild pear (P. pyraster) resources, six populations (192 accessions) from different regions of Poland were investigated with 17 SSR loci. Each of the SSR loci used was polymorphic, with a mean of 19.5 alleles per locus and a mean PIC of 0.806. Both the high heterozygosity (Ho = 0.751) and low Fis (0.007) indicated that the wild pear populations maintain a relatively high level of diversity, while the mean Findex of 0.039 and the number of migrants per generation (Nm = 6.996) revealed a high gene flow and weak inter-population differentiation. AMOVA analysis located polymorphisms mainly within populations (96%). Genetic relations between populations did not show correlations with geographical distances. The dispersal influence of gene flow could be the reason of the disrupted relationship within populations and the low interpopulation differentiation. We did not find any evidence to support the hypothesis about influence of interspecies hybridization with pear cultivars on the level of wild pear population diversity.

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Keywords: microsatellite; SSR; Pyrus pyraster; wild pear; genetic diversity; population structure


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Received: 2013-11-12

Accepted: 2014-05-11

Published Online: 2014-09-22

Citation Information: Open Life Sciences, Volume 10, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2391-5412, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/biol-2015-0003.

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