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Genetic Diversity Studies on Selected Rice (Oryza sativa L) Populations Based on Aroma and Cooked Kernel Elongation | OMICS International | Abstract
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Research Article

Genetic Diversity Studies on Selected Rice (Oryza sativa L) Populations Based on Aroma and Cooked Kernel Elongation

Wambua F Kioko1*, Mawia A Musyoki1, Ngugi M Piero1, Karau G Muriira2, Nyamai D Wavinya1, Lagat Rose1, Matheri Felix1 and Ngari Ngithi1
1Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Kenyatta University, P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
2Molecular Biology Laboratory, Kenya Bureau of Standards, P.O. Box 54974 - 00200, Nairobi, Kenya
Corresponding Author : Wambua F Kioko
Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Kenyatta University
P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254718507667
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: September 23, 2015; Accepted: October 15, 2015; Published: October 21, 2015
Citation: Kioko WF, Musyoki MA, Piero NM, Muriira KG, Wavinya ND, et al. (2015) Genetic Diversity Studies on Selected Rice (Oryza sativa L) Populations Based on Aroma and Cooked Kernel Elongation. J Phylogen Evolution Biol 3:158. doi:10.4172/2329-9002.1000158
Copyright: © 2015 Kioko WF, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is the main staple food for more than half of the world’s population. Improving cooking and eating quality of rice is one of the important objectives of many plant breeding programs. Aroma and cooked kernel elongation are two critical parameters that determine the market value, cooking and eating qualities of rice. The objective of this study was to evaluate the genetic diversity of thirteen (13) Oryza sativa L. populations from Kenyan and Tanzanian. Genetic diversity was determined using 8 simple sequence repeats (SSR) markers. Diversity data was analyzed using POWERMARKER version 3.25 and GENALEX v 6.5 software packages. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 2 to 4 alleles with an average of 3.12 across 8 loci. The polymorphic information content (pic) ranged from 0.2920 (RM 282) to 0.6409 (RM 339) in all loci with an average of 0.4821. Pair-wise genetic dissimilarity coefficients ranged from 0.1125 to 0.9003 with an average of 0.5312. The average gene diversity over all SSR loci for the 13 rice varieties was 0.6036, ranging from 0.3550 to 0.6391. Maximum genetic similarity was observed between Kilombero and Supa, BS 370 and BS 217. Minimum genetic similarity was observed between Kahogo and BS 217. Cluster analysis was used to group varieties by constructing dendrograms based on SSR data and morphological characterization of grains. The dendrogram based on SSR data formed two distinct clusters of the 13 rice varieties. RM 339 and RM 241 were the most informative markers and could be used for differentiating rice varieties from diverse geographical origins. Results obtained from this study demonstrated that use of trait specific SSR markers can be relied upon in diversity studies among diverse and closely related genotypes. RM 339 and RM 241 markers are recommended for use in diversity studies and in quality assurance for grading of rice varieties. Further analysis should be carried out using a larger number of samples and markers to come up a more conclusive report on the discriminating power of microsatellite markers based on rice grain quality traits.


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