Asemota, Helen N.; Ramser, J.; Lopez-Peralta, C.; Weising, K.; Kahl, G.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Genetic variation and cultivar identification of Jamaican yam germplasm by random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis
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Using random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analysis to characterise eleven cultivars of the five economically most important yam species grown in Jamaica (Dioscorea alata, D. cayenensis, D. rotundata, D. trifida and D. esculenta). Amplification of genomic DNA samples with nine different arbitrary 10mer primers revealed a total of 338 different band positions, ranging in size from 0.3 to 2.5 kb. RAPD patterns proved to be highly reproducible and somatically stable. While no variation was observed among plants belonging to the same cultivar, a large number of intervarietal and interspecific polymorphisms enabled us to reliably discriminate between all Jamaican cultivars investigated.....