African Journal of Biotechnology

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Genetic variability in Asparagus racemosus (Willd.) from Madhya Pradesh, India by random amplified polymorphic DNA

N Vijay, P Sairkar, N Silawat, RK Garg, NN Mehrotra


Random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers were used to assess genetic diversity in Asparagus racemosus (Willd.) an important medicinal plant collected from 7 different locations covering Madhya Pradesh. High level of genetic similarity was observed in the collected accessions. 4
random primers generated a total 39 polymorphic bands out of the total 71 bands. A low genetic diversity among the A. racemosus samples was revealed by RAPD analysis. Cluster analysis based on dice coefficient showed 2 major groups. This distributive pattern of genetic variation of A. racemosus accessions provides important baseline data for conservation and collection strategies for this species.

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