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Env Exp Biol (2011) 9: 115–119
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Env Exp Biol (2011) 9: 115–119

Original Article

Genetic diversity analysis of Latvian and Estonian Sausuurea esthonica populations

Agnese Gailīte1,2*, Gederts Ievinsh2, Dainis Ruņģis1
1Genetic Resource Centre, Latvian State Forest Research Institute “Silava”, Rigas 111, Salaspils LV–2169, Latvia
2CFaculty of Biology, University of Latvia, Kronvalda Bulv. 4, Riga LV–1586, Latvia
*Corresponding author, E-mail: agnese.gailite@silava.lv


Saussurea esthonica is an endangered species included in the Red Data Book of Latvia and the Red Data Book of the Baltic Region. It is found only in Latvia, Estonia and the Leningrad region of Russia. Genetic diversity and differentiation was studied in two Latvian and two Estonian Saussurea esthonica populations using a retrotransposon-based inter-primer binding site method. Analysis of molecular variation showed that most of the variation was found within populations; variation between populations was 3 to 5% and among regions 10 to 13%. Analysis did not detect low levels of genetic diversity parameters of the Latvian populations, indicating that they are currently genetically robust.

Key words: genetic diversity; iPBS; Saussurea esthonica.

Env Exp Biol (2011) 9: 115–119
 DOI: http://doi.org/10.22364/eeb

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