African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12294

Full Length Research Paper

Microsatellite loci and peroxidase alleles correlation in somaclonal variation of Eucalyptus microtheca F. Muell

Morteza Shabannejad Mamaghani1*, Taha Roodbar Shojaei1, Mohammad Matinizadeh2 and Massih Forootan3
1Department of Plant Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch, P.O. Box 31485–313, Karaj, Tehran, Iran. 2Forest Researches Division, Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands, P.O. Box 13185–116, Tehran, Iran. 3Department of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zabol, P.O. Box 98615-538, Zabol, Iran.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 16 April 2010
  •  Published: 31 July 2010


The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between biochemical and molecular markers in Eucalyptus microtheca F. Muell. under in vitro culture. For this mean, twig-derived explants obtained from Eucalyptus microtheca 1-year-old seedling were cultured on modified MS medium, supplemented with different concentrations of NAA, Kin and TDZ. POD (peroxidase) alleles patterns were studied among regenerated plantlets to investigate the effect of TDZ concentration on POD activity. A dimer locus, a tetramer locus and two epigenetic bands were observed. Genome variation among somaclonal plantlets were investigated using microsatellite markers. SSR (Simple Sequence Repeat) markers revealed polymorphism among the studied population. Nonparametric statistical analysis showed significant effect of simple sequence repeats loci on peroxidase alleles. Correlation of two similarity matrix POD and SSRs loci was 0.18 using Mental test. Results showed less stability of dimer locus in different concentrations of TDZ compared to tetramer locus. Tetramer alleles showed more correlation to SSRs than that of dimmer ones.


Key words: Tissue culture, somaclonal variation, peroxidase, simple sequence repeat, Eucalyptus microtheca.


NAA, α-Naphthalene acetic acid; Kin, kinetin; TDZ, thidiazuron;POD, peroxidase; SSR, simple sequence repeat.