Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci for Menziesia goyozanensis, an endangered shrub species endemic to Mt. Goyo in northern Japan

Harue Abe, Masayuki Maki, Sachiko Horie, Yoshihisa Suyama

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Abstract

Menziesia goyozanensis, a Japanese kind of fool's huckleberry, is a shrub species endemic only to Mt. Goyo in northern Japan. This species is listed as 'critically endangered' in the Red Data Book of wild plants in Japan, and only a single population has yet been discovered. We isolated and characterized 16 microsatellite loci for this species. The number of alleles ranged from 2 to 25. The range of expected heterozygosities was 0.292-0.917. Five of the 16 microsatellites were not conformed to Hardy- Weinberg equilibrium, probably due to the restricted population size, genetic drifting and the presence of null alleles. These 16 microsatellite loci gave a combined nonexclusion probability of<1.65E-15 in the sampled population. In Menziesia pentandra, which is closely related species to M. goyozanensis, the number of alleles detected and the expected heterozygosities of twelve loci ranged from 3 to 19 and 0.536 to 0.966, respectively. These informative microsatellite markers will be useful in studies of population genetic structure for these species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-571
Number of pages3
JournalConservation Genetics Resources
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 1

Keywords

  • Critically endangered species
  • Menziesia goyozanensis
  • Menziesia pentandra
  • Microsatellite markers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics

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