Research Article

Development and characterization of DNA microsatellite primers for buriti (Mauritia flexuosa L.f.)

Published: November 28, 2012
Genet. Mol. Res. 11 (4) : 4058-4062 DOI: 10.4238/2012.September.17.6

Abstract

Mauritia flexuosa L. (Arecaceae) is a palm tree species known as buriti that occurs in the Cerrado biome. It is characteristic of the vereda, a typical ecosystem of central Brazil. In this phytophysiognomy, M. flexuosa and other groups of arboreal-herbaceous species develop in open fields with very humid soils. M. flexuosa can be found in forest borders and is a palm tree with a wide distribution in South America (Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, French Guyana Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia). The main objectives of this study were to develop simple sequence repeat marker-enriched libraries and to characterize these loci in buriti palm to facilitate future population studies. A total of 40 sequences derived from the microsatellite-enriched libraries were selected for primer design. The optimization results showed that 9 primer pairs could successfully amplify polymorphic target fragments of the expected sizes. The data also show that the described primers can be used in population genetic studies in M. flexuosa to obtain information that will inform conservation and management strategies.

Mauritia flexuosa L. (Arecaceae) is a palm tree species known as buriti that occurs in the Cerrado biome. It is characteristic of the vereda, a typical ecosystem of central Brazil. In this phytophysiognomy, M. flexuosa and other groups of arboreal-herbaceous species develop in open fields with very humid soils. M. flexuosa can be found in forest borders and is a palm tree with a wide distribution in South America (Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, French Guyana Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia). The main objectives of this study were to develop simple sequence repeat marker-enriched libraries and to characterize these loci in buriti palm to facilitate future population studies. A total of 40 sequences derived from the microsatellite-enriched libraries were selected for primer design. The optimization results showed that 9 primer pairs could successfully amplify polymorphic target fragments of the expected sizes. The data also show that the described primers can be used in population genetic studies in M. flexuosa to obtain information that will inform conservation and management strategies.