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Economic Botany Section

Stanford, Alice [1], Balkaran, Hema [2].

Use of ISSR amplification to identify Musa acuminata varieties.

Musa acuminata (banana) is widely grown in the Caribbean and in other tropical areas. Over 1000 varieties of bananas are currently in cultivation worldwide. In addition to exhibiting morphological diversity, different varieties of banana vary in their susceptibility to disease. Caribbean growers are not always aware of which variety is under cultivation. Identification of varieties currently being grown will allow better planning for emerging diseases, and may encourage growth of a wider number of varieties. Our goal is to create a PCR-based method that will identify a unique DNA fingerprint for each banana variety grown in the Caribbean area. This study tests the usefulness of the Inter Simple Sequence Repeat (ISSR) technique to in developing simple, inexpensive means of identification. Our current results suggest that ISSR markers may lack sufficient variation to create a unique fingerprint for each variety.

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1 - University of Virgin Islands, College of Science and Mathematics, 2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, VI, 00802, USA
2 - University of the Virgin Islands, College of Science and Mathematics, 2 John Brewers Bay, St Thomas, VI, 00802, USA

Musa acuminata

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Hall A/Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PEN002
Abstract ID:612

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