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Int J Mol Sci. 2012;13(9):10765-70. doi: 10.3390/ijms130910765. Epub 2012 Aug 28.

Isolation and characterization of 13 microsatellite loci from a Korean Endemic Species, Sophora koreensis (Fabaceae).

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Department of Biological Sciences, Inha University, Incheon 402-751, Korea; E-Mails: (J.-Y.L.); (D.-H.L.) ; Plant Resources Division, National Institute of Biological Resources, Incheon 404-708, Korea.


To evaluate the population genetics structure as a means of devising conservation strategies, we developed microsatellite primers for Sophora koreensis, a narrowly endemic and endangered species in Korea. Thirteen polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed in Korean populations of S. koreensis. Genetic diversity was analyzed in 40 individuals from two populations. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 4 to 14, with observed and expected heterozygosities ranging from 0.200 to 1.000 and from 0.189 to 0.864, respectively. The microsatellite markers described here are valuable tools for the population genetics research of S. koreensis. They can be used to obtain information for creating suitable management strategies to conserve this endemic and endangered species.


Sophora koreensis; endemic species; genetic diversity; microsatellite

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