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Null alleles are ubiquitous at microsatellite loci in the Wedge Clam (Donax trunculus)

Rico, Ciro and Cuesta, Jose A. and Drake, Pilar and Macpherson, Enrique and Bernachetz, Louis and Marie, Amandine D. (2017) Null alleles are ubiquitous at microsatellite loci in the Wedge Clam (Donax trunculus). PeerJ, 5 (e3188). pp. 1-21. ISSN 2167-8359

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    Abstract

    Recent studies have reported an unusually high frequency of nonamplifying alleles at microsatellite loci in bivalves. Null alleles have been associated with heterozygous deficits in many studies. While several studies have tested for its presence using different analytical tools, few have empirically tested for its consequences in estimating population structure and differentiation. We characterised 16 newly developed microsatellite loci and show that null alleles are ubiquitous in the wedge clam, Donax trunculus. We carried out several tests to demonstrate that the large heterozygous deficits observed in the newly characterised loci were most likely due to null alleles. We tested the robustness of microsatellite genotyping for population assignment by showing that well-recognised biogeographic regions of the south Atlantic and south Mediterranean coast of Spain harbour genetically different populations.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Marine Studies
    Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca
    Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 15:50
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 15:50
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9962
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