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Title: Phenotypic, genetic, and epigenetic variation among diverse sweet cherry gene pools
Authors: Avramidou, Evangelia V.
Moysiadis, Theodoros
Ganopoulos, Ioannis
Michailidis, Michail
Kissoudis, Christos
Valasiadis, Dimitrios
Kazantzis, Konstantinos
Tsaroucha, Eirini
Tsaftaris, Athanasios
Molassiotis, Athanassios
Aravanopoulos, Filippos
Xanthopoulou, Aliki
Subjects LC: Genomics
Cherry - Varieties
Keywords: Prunus avium L.
Sweet cherry
Phenotypic diversity
Issue Date: 2-Apr-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: Sweet cherry germplasm contains a high variety of phenotypes which are associated with fruit size and shape as well as sugar content, etc. High phenotypic variation can be a result of genetic or epigenetic diversity that may interact through time. Recent studies have provided evidence that besides allelic variation, epiallelic variation can establish new heritable phenotypes. Herein we conducted a genetic and an epigenetic study (using amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) and methylation-sensitive amplified polymorphism (MSAP) markers, respectively), accompanied by phenotypic traits correlation analysis in sweet cherry gene pools. The mean genetic diversity was greater than the epigenetic diversity (hgen = 0.193; hepi = 0.185), while no significant relationship was found between genetic and epigenetic distance according to a Mantel test. Furthermore, according to correlation analyses our results provided evidence that epigenetic diversity in predefined populations of sweet cherry had a stronger impact on phenotypic traits than their rich genetic diversity.
Length: 15 pages
Type: Journal Article
Relation (Part Of): Agronomy journal
Publication Status: Published
Citation: Avramidou, EV, Moysiadis, T, Ganopoulos, I, Michailidis, M, Kissoudis, C, Valasiadis, D, Kazantzis, K, Tsaroucha, E, Tsaftaris, Molassiotis, A, Aravanopoulos, FA, & Xanthopoulou, A 2021, 'Phenotypic, genetic, and epigenetic variation among diverse sweet cherry gene pools', Agronomy, vol. 11, no.680, pp. 1-15.
Restrictions: Attribution 4.0 International
Language: en
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