Microsatellite DNA markers for the study of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) kinship, population structure, and mixed-fishery analyses

Timothy Lee King, Michael S. Eackles, Benjamin H. Letcher

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Abstract

Eleven microsatellite DNA loci were identified and characterized for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) collected from the Penobscot River, Maine, USA and the River Nith, Scotland, UK. The markers revealed high levels of genetic diversity (seven to 48 alleles per locus), heterozygosity (to 100%), and allelic heterogeneity (all comparisons). Considerable differentiation was observed as the genetic distance (chord) between the two collections was 0.680 and the pairwise FST, 0.12, was highly significant. These findings are consistent with patterns of continental-level differentiation observed previously using an alternate suite of microsatellite loci. Locus-by-locus analyses of molecular variance suggested that most markers were suitable for delineating kinships and population genetic structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-132
Number of pages3
JournalMolecular Ecology Notes
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Ecology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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