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Genetic structure of two Thalassia testudinum populations from the south Texas Gulf coast
Larkin, P.; Quevedo, E.; Salinas, S.; Parker, J.; Storey, K.; Hardegree, B. (2006). Genetic structure of two Thalassia testudinum populations from the south Texas Gulf coast. Aquat. Bot. 85(3): 198-202.
In: Aquatic Botany. Elsevier Science: Tokyo; Oxford; New York; London; Amsterdam. ISSN 0304-3770, more
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  • Larkin, P.
  • Quevedo, E.
  • Salinas, S.
  • Parker, J.
  • Storey, K.
  • Hardegree, B.

    The south Texas Gulf coast is a unique ecosystem that contains a number of different bay systems. We used random amplification of polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers to assess genetic diversity, differentiation and genetic distance between populations from two different bays that differed significantly in terms of flowering rate and disturbance. We found that while each bay contained a number of unique RAPD profiles, the average genetic diversity in each population was low. Genetic distance between the two populations was also low (Fst = 0.084) and the majority (92%) of the genetic variation was attributed to differences between individuals within populations. The population from the Laguna Madre location, however, was polymorphic for a larger number of markers, had a higher average genetic diversity and a larger number of unique RAPD profiles. The higher level of flowering at this location most likely accounts for the higher diversity.

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