Retrotransposon-Based Genetic Diversity Assessment in Wild Emmer Wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. dicoccoides)

Anssi L. Vuorinen, Ruslan Kalendar, Tzion Fahima, Helena Korpelainen, Eviatar Nevo, Alan H. Schulman

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Abstract

Wild emmer wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. dicoccoides) is the wild ancestor of all cultivated tetraploid and hexaploid wheats and harbors a large amount of genetic diversity. This diversity is expected to display eco-geographical patterns of variation, conflating gene flow, and local adaptation. As self-replicating entities comprising the bulk of genomic DNA in wheat, retrotransposons are expected to create predominantly neutral variation via their propagation. Here, we have examined the genetic diversity of 1 Turkish and 14 Israeli populations of wild emmer wheat, based on the retrotransposon marker methods IRAP and REMAP. The level of genetic diversity we detected was in agreement with previous studies that were performed with a variety of marker systems assaying genes and other genomic components. The genetic distances failed to correlate with the geographical distances, suggesting local selection on geographically widespread haplotypes (‘weak selection’). However, the proportion of polymorphic loci correlated with the population latitude, which may reflect the temperature and water availability cline. Genetic diversity correlated with longitude, the east being more montane. Principal component analyses on the marker data separated most of the populations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107
JournalAgronomy
Volume8
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by Academy of Finland grant 48527, and the Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of program funding for research (grant AP05130266 and BR05236574). This work was supported by Boreal Plant Breeding Ltd. The authors wish to thank Ursula Lönnqvist and Eeva-Marja Turkki for technical assistance. EN thanks the Ancell-Teicher Research Foundation for Genetics and Molecular Evolution for financial support.

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments: This work was supported by Boreal Plant Breeding Ltd. The authors wish to thank Ursula Lönnqvist and Eeva-Marja Turkki for technical assistance. EN thanks the Ancell-Teicher Research Foundation for Genetics and Molecular Evolution for financial support.

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by Academy of Finland grant 48527, and the Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of program funding for research (grant AP05130266 and BR05236574).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 by the authors.

Keywords

  • Genetic diversity
  • IRAP
  • REMAP
  • Triticum turgidum ssp. dicoccoides
  • Wild emmer wheat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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