Analysis of nuclear microsatellite loci of Calligonum bakuense
Nuclear microsatellite loci are used for assessing genetic diversity within species. They thus play a major role in the analysis of populations of threatened species for the development of scientifically founded protection strategies. Calligonum bakuense (Polygonaceae) is a shrub endemic to the Absheron peninsula in Azerbaijan, where it is threatened by industrial activities.
In a previous study, the nuclear genome of C. bakuense was scanned for microsatellite loci and primers for candidate regions were designed. Based on these results, a multiplex panel for Illumina sequencing of several polymorphic loci will be developped. Potential tetraploidy in C. bakuense has to be considered in this process.