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Acta Botanica Brasilica

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CHRIST, Jheniffer Abeldt et al. DNA fingerprinting based on SSR amplification profiles for Piper species identification (Piperaceae). Acta Bot. Bras. [online]. 2018, vol.32, n.4, pp.511-520.  Epub Mar 19, 2018. ISSN 0102-3306.

DNA fingerprinting based on SSR amplification profiles was applied to native species of Piper from the Atlantic Forest to compare the utility of this type of molecular marker with the morphological characters traditionally applied in Piper taxonomy and identification. Fifty-one SSR markers developed for four species of Piper native to Asia and Mesoamerica were applied to 16 species, together with 63 morphological characters, for species characterization. Molecular and morphological data were analysed by cluster analysis, followed by a cluster sharpness test and the construction of a heat map to visualize the association of characters with species groups. A multivariate regression tree determined the number of loci needed for species identification. Forty-five primers were transferable to at least four species. Molecular data were more efficient in detecting sharp groups than morphological data. Species groups delimited by a set of shared morphological characters were differentiated based on molecular data. The sixteen studied species could be separated by nine primers, demonstrating the cross-species transferability of SSR markers and the usefulness of DNA fingerprinting for both the delimitation and the identification of species of Piper.

Keywords : heat map; microsatellites; morphology; multivariate analyses; taxonomy.

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