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Microsatellites or simple sequence repeats (SSRs) in expressed sequence tags (ESTs) are useful resources for genome analysis because of their abundance, functionality and polymorphism. The advent of commercial second generation sequencing machines has lead to new strategies for developing EST-SSR markers, necessitating the development of bioinformatic(More)
We developed microsatellite markers from newly isolated expressed sequence tags of an endangered tropical tree species, Shorea leprosula (Dipterocarpaceae). Twenty-four loci exhibited clear, polymorphic amplification patterns among 52 individuals from a population in Indonesia, with two to 16 alleles per locus. No locus showed significant departure from(More)
High-density linkage maps facilitate the mapping of target genes and the construction of partial linkage maps around target loci to develop markers for marker-assisted selection (MAS). MAS is quite challenging in conifers because of their large, complex, and poorly-characterized genomes. Our goal was to construct a high-density linkage map to facilitate the(More)
In order to develop a large set of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in Cryptomeria japonica, for a wide range of applications, we adopted a systematic EST (expressed sequence tags) re-sequencing approach. We examined a group of four genotypes comprising parents of a mapping population as well as representatives of two main lines from natural(More)
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) are an alternative to bi-parental QTL mapping in long-lived perennials. In the present study, we examined the potential of GWAS in conifers using 367 unrelated plus trees of Cryptomeria japonica D. Don, which is the most widely planted and commercially important tree species in Japan, and tried to detect significant(More)
BACKGROUND In order to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) efficiently from a species with a large genome, SNPs were identified from an expressed sequence tag (EST) database combined with High Resolution Melting (HRM) analysis. FINDINGS A total of 574 sequence tagged sites (STSs) were generated from Cryptomeria japonica and HRM analysis was(More)
The broadleaved evergreen forests of the East Asian warm temperate zone are characterised by their high biodiversity and endemism, and there is therefore a need to extend our understanding of its genetic diversity and phylogeographic patterns. Castanopsis (Fagaceae) is one of the dominant tree species in the broadleaved evergreen forests of Japan. In this(More)
A microsatellite (simple sequence repeat; SSR) panel for Cryptomeria japonica was established, using both newly developed and previously reported markers, to construct a frame of linkage map and facilitate localization of important genes in this species. In this study, 32 new expressed sequence tag SSRs (EST-SSRs) and 12 new genomic SSRs (gSSRs) were(More)
Pollinator syndrome is one of the most important determinants regulating pollen dispersal in tropical tree species. It has been widely accepted that the reproduction of tropical forest species, especially dipterocarps that rely on insects with weak flight for their pollination, is positively density-dependent. However differences in pollinator syndrome(More)
We estimated the gene dispersal distance and the magnitude of inbreeding depression from the fine-scale genetic structure in the endangered heterostylous perennial Primula sieboldii. We indirectly estimated the neighbourhood size (Nb) and the standard deviation of gene dispersal distance (sigma(g)) from the detected genetic structure by using 10(More)