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DNA Barcoding for Efficient Identification of Triticum Subspecies: Evaluation of Four Candidate Loci on Phylogenetic Relationships
Plant Breed. Biotech. 2019;7:220-228
Published online September 1, 2019
© 2019 Korean Society of Breeding Science.

Sebastin Raveendar, Gi-An Lee, Kyung Jun Lee, Myoung-Jae Shin, Seong Hoon Kim, Jung-Ro Lee, Gyu-Taek Cho, Do Yoon Hyun*

National Agrobiodiversity Center, National Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Rural Development Administration, Jeonju 54874, Korea
Corresponding author: *Do Yoon Hyun,, Tel: +82-63-238-4912, Fax: +82-63-238-4859
Received April 15, 2019; Revised May 23, 2019; Accepted June 28, 2019.
This is an Open-Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Since traditional taxonomic studies possess intrinsic limitations with plant species identification, combinations of DNA barcodes have been considered a powerful tool to discover undetected genetic variation within species across large geographic areas, providing more precise estimates of biodiversity. However, the lack of efficient and universal markers is often considered a peculiar challenge in molecular taxonomic studies across plant taxa. Similarly, many loci have been proposed for DNA barcodes; still standardizing regions as a DNA barcode is vital for making them efficiently discriminate plant species. In this study, we tested the phylogenetic utility of nuclear (nrDNA) region (ITS2) with chloroplast (cpDNA) regions (matK, psbA-trnH, and rbcL) for efficient discrimination of Triticum species. A total of 109 accessions representing 16 recognized genotypes in the Triticum genus have been sampled to assess the efficiency of barcoding loci to resolve species discrimination. As expected from earlier studies, our results also revealed that a single locus has difficulty in discriminating Triticum species. Species discrimination in Triticum taxa was martially improved by using a combination of gene loci; however, the closely related species, T. aestivum and T. turgidum, had no DNA barcode to separate them. Thus, we recommend further research on finding species-specific SNP using intragenic regions as standard DNA barcode loci in Poaceae.
Keywords : DNA barcoding, Phylogenetic analysis, Species discrimination, Triticum, Wheat

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