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Morphometric contribution and molecular markers for the characterization and identification of olive tree (Olea europaea L.) varieties – JBES

M.Laib, Z. Djerrou, M.M. Bentchikou

Department of Sciences of Nature and Life, University of August 20th 1955, Skikda, Algeria

Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Mentouri Constantine, Algeria

Departement of Sciences of Nature, University of Mentouri Constantine, Algeria

Key words: Olea europaea L., Morphological descriptors, Alleles, Polymorphism, Microsatellites.


This study focused the variability of morphological types and polymorphism level in olive tree. Ten SSR microsatellite markers and 23 morphological descriptors were used to characterize 15 indigenous cultivars of this species growing in Algeria. A significant morphological variability was observed between the cultivars. The type of the endocarp exhibited a discrimination potential higher than that of the fruit, leaf and the inflorescence. Molecular markers have also shown a very high level of polymorphism and a high discriminatory power to discriminate easily the whole sample. It is possible to achieve the same results using only 3 markers (ssrOc UADCA 18, UDO 099-043 and ssrOcUA-DCA9). These results underline the importance of using ssr markers and morphological descriptors for the inventory and identification of olive varieties.

Get the original articles in Source: Archive for | JBES |- February, 2016

Journal Name: Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences (JBES)

Published By: International Network for Natural Sciences

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