Ecological correlates of RAPD DNA diversity of wild barley, Hordeum spontaneum, in the fertile crescent

Eviatar Nevo, Bernard Baum, Avigdor Beiles, Douglas A. Johnson

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Genetic variability in RAPDs (Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA) was studied in 104 genotypes of wild barley, Hordeum spontaneum from 21 populations sampled in Israel, Turkey and Iran, seven population from each country. The band (= loci) frequencies were calculated for each population and correlated with ecogeographical variables. In general, high RAPD genetic diversity indices were associated with stressful environments, either with hot or cold steppes and deserts. Interpopulational genetic distances showed no association with the geographic distance between the populations' provenance. Significant Spearman rank correlations between RAPD band frequencies and ecogeographical parameters of provenance occured. Frequencies of RAPD bands were significantly correlated with the principal component factors of allozymes. The correlation data indirectly suggest that natural selection appears to be the major determinant of both RAPD and allozyme diversities both being correlated with environmental stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-159
Number of pages9
JournalGenetic Resources and Crop Evolution
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful to the two anonymous reviewers for their useful comments on the manuscript. We thank for financial support the Israel Discount Bank Chair of Evolutionary Biology and the Ancell-Teicher Research Foundation for Genetics and Molecular Evolution.


  • Ecological diversity
  • Genetic diversity
  • Near East
  • Stress
  • Wild barley

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


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