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Phylogenetic relationships of chrysanthemums in Korea based on novel SSR markers

Author(s): A.A. Khaing1, K.T. Moe1, W.J. Hong1, C.S. Park1, K.H. Yeon1, H.S. Park2, D.C. Kim2, B.J. Choi2, J.Y. Jung3, S.C. Chae4, K.M. Lee5 and Y.J. Park1,6

Chrysanthemums are well known for their esthetic and medicinal values. Characterization of chrysanthemums is vital for their conservation and management as well as for understanding their genetic relationships. We found 12 simple sequence repeat markers (SSRs) of 100 designed primers to be polymorphic. These novel SSR markers were used to evaluate 95 accessions of chrysanthemums (3 indigenous and 92 cultivated accessions). Two hundred alleles were identified, with an average of 16.7 alleles per locus. KNUCRY-77 gave the highest polymorphic information content value (0.879), while KNUCRY-10 gave the lowest (0.218). Similar patterns of grouping were observed with a distance-based dendrogram developed using PowerMarker and model-based clustering with Structure. Three clusters with some admixtures were identified by model-based clustering. These newly developed SSR markers will be useful for further studies of chrysanthemums, such as taxonomy and marker assisted selection breeding.