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Development of novel chloroplast microsatellite markers in the bioenergy crop Miscanthus

Development of novel chloroplast microsatellite markers in the bioenergy crop Miscanthus

In a recent article entitled, “Development of novel chloroplast microsatellite markers for the energy crop Miscanthus species (Poaceae)” published in the current issue of Am. J. Bot. (June 2012 vol. 99 (6):230-233), the six authors under the lead investigator, Jian-Xiong Jiang have reported 28 novel primers flanking (chloroplast microsatellite markers (cpSSR). These markers were developed from a complete chloroplast genome sequence of Saccharum officinarum (= sugarcane), a species closely related to bioenergy crop Miscanthus. These primers were then tested on eight Miscanthus species, among which 16 cpSSR loci were found to be polymorphic. The number of alleles per polymorphic locus was found to range from two to seven, with an average 3.94 alleles.

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