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Molecular genetic relationships among Haloxylon salicornicum plant and its closely related taxa in Saudi Arabia

By: Sanad M. Al Sobeai

Key Words: Haloxylon, Medicinal plant, ITS1, Saudi Arabia.

Int. J. Biosci. 10(2), 81-88, February 2017.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/10.2.81-88

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The present study encompasses molecular identification, genetic distance and genetic relationships among Haloxylon salicornicum plants collected from the Saudi Arabia and its closely related taxa was investigated by sequencing the amplified ITS region including the 3` end 40 bp from 18S gene, the complete ITS1, 5.8S rDNA and ITS2 as well as 104 bp from the 5` end of 26S gene. The results showed that the H. salicornicum of Saudi Arabia desert has low level of genetic distance and genetic diversity when compared with its closely related taxa. These high level of genetic similarities of H. salicornicum and its closely related taxa might be due to the controlled gene flow and small size of samples. Further studies at the molecular level are also required to elucidate and provide intimations for more understand the interplay of genetic distance and genetic relationships among H. salicornicum with closely associated plants.

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Molecular genetic relationships among Haloxylon salicornicum plant and its closely related taxa in Saudi Arabia

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Sanad M. Al Sobeai.
Molecular genetic relationships among Haloxylon salicornicum plant and its closely related taxa in Saudi Arabia.
Int. J. Biosci. 10(2), 81-88, February 2017.
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