Taxonomic Review of the Genus Echinochloa in Korea (II): Inferred from Simple Sequence Repeats

  • Received : 2014.06.10
  • Accepted : 2014.08.21
  • Published : 2014.09.30


Echinochloa (L.) P. Beauv. includes some of the noxious weeds, causing a serious yield loss when they are dominant in the fields. Identification of the Echinochloa is very difficult because many interspecific and intraspecific forms of the species are found. However, it is important to identify the species exactly and to know the genetic diversity of the species for effective weed management. This study was conducted to identify and summarize the Echinochloa species by comparing the genetic variation and relationship among Korean Echinochloa species using SSR. The genetic diversity of 107 individuals, including seven species were assessed using five SSR markers. UPGMA dendrogram generated two clades (I and II) and clade II divided again into two subclades (II-1 and II-2) whereas the model based genetic structure proposed four subpopulations. The two subpopulations were corresponded to clades I and II-1 and the other two were arranged to clade II-2 of the UPGMA dendrogram. We have concluded that E. colona and E. glabrescens might have not distributed in Korea. The biological varieties, praticola and echinata, of E. crus-galli should be treated as E. crus-galli. Korean Echinochloa should be summarized with four species, i.e., E. oryzicola, E. crus-galli, E. esculenta, and E. oryzoides.


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