An assessment of genetic variability and relationships within Asian pears based on AFLP (amplified fragment length polymorphism) markers
Scientia Horticulturae, 2008, 116(4): 374-380.
A total of 100 Pyrus L. accessions native mainly to East Asia were subjected to amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) analysis to evaluate genetic variability and relationships among the accessions. Six AFLP primer combinations produced a total of 459 fragments, of which 410 were polymorphic with a polymorphism percentage of 89%. The Dice';s similarity coefficient among pear accessions ranged from 0.671 (P. betulaefolia Bge and P. elaeagrifolia Pall.) to 0.947 (';Umajirou'; and ';Immuraaki';). Occidental pears generally had low similarities to Asian pears. The dendrogram generated from all the accessions by unweighted pair-group method of arithmetic analysis (UPGMA) cluster analysis clearly distinguished Occidental pears from accessions of East Asia. P. ussuriensis Maxim., P. betulaefolia and P. communis L. clustered separately into independent groups in accordance with their morphological classification. Japanese pear cultivars formed two groups with some Chinese white pears and Chinese sand pears. Chinese white pears and Chinese sand pears independently formed their own groups and also mingled into mixed groups in the dendrogram. Therefore, Chinese white pears were treated as a cultivated group or an ecotype of R pyrifolia: P. pyrifolia White Pear Group. The information obtained from this study will be of great help for understanding the origin and evolution of Asian pear cultivars.
Asian pears; genetic diversity; AFLP; Pyrus