Taro [Colocasia esculenta (L) Schott] belongs to the family Araceae. It is an important staple food crop grown mainly by small scale farmers in many parts of the world. Taro is grown in South Africa from the coastal parts of the northern Eastern Cape to the KwaZulu-Natal north coast. Although it is an important staple in South Africa, very little information exists on the genetic diversity of the crop. Knowledge of the... Read more.
The aim of this study was to compare the Lagostomus maximus AMEL sequence to assess their similarity with the AMEL genes from other mammals. Previously, a sequence of the AMEL gene of L. maximus which corresponds to the intron 3 of the human sequence for AMELX (AMEL on the X chromosome) was reported. The comparisons made, by the use of the algorithm provided by the NCBI (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool: BLAST) allowed... Read more.