Genetic differentiation of two phenotypes of Plantago media L. In South Timan

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Background. The investigation of the genetic nature of plant phenotypic variability is of great importance for understanding biological diversity, distribution and adaptation of plants to environmental conditions.

The aim of our work was to study the genetic differentiation of two phenotypes of Plantago media in South Timan.

Materials and methods. The genetic differentiation of light and shadow phenotypes of Plantago media plants was evaluated using intersimple sequence repeats (ISSR) markers.

Results. The population-genetic analysis of 210 loci revealed two clusters, which boundaries coincided with the boundaries between plants of light and shadow phenotypes. The results of the discriminatory analysis of the main components and AMOVA (FST = 0.07, p = 0.001) confirmed that there are statistically significant genetic differences between these phenotypes even though they possess a high genetic similarity.

Conclusion. Light and shadow Plantago media phenotypes adapted to different ecological conditions are genetically differentiated. The population genetic analysis using ISSR markers is a sensitive tool for identifying the genetic diversity of phenotypic plant variations formed under the influence of environmental factors.

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Ilya G. Zakhozhiy

Institute of Biology of Komi Science Centre of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

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Russian Federation, Syktyvkar

PhD, Researcher, Laboratory of Ecological Physiology of Plants

Dmitry M. Shadrin

Institute of Biology of Komi Science Centre of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4365-0145
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Russian Federation, Syktyvkar

PhD, Researcher, Center for Collective Use “Molecular Biology”

Yana I. Pylina

Institute of Biology of Komi Science Centre of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

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Russian Federation, Syktyvkar

Junior Research Scientist, Center for Collective Use “Molecular Biology”

Ivan F. Chadin

Institute of Biology of Komi Science Centre of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

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SPIN-code: 9787-2449
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ResearcherId: P-4940-2015

Russian Federation, Syktyvkar

PhD, Head of Moleculal Biology Core Facility

Tamara K. Golovko

Institute of Biology of Komi Science Centre of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

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Russian Federation, Syktyvkar

Doctor of Science, Main Researcher, Laboratory of Ecological Physiology of Plants


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Fig. 1. Diurnal course of photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) (a), intensity of the ultraviolet radiation (b), and the air temperature (c) in Plantago media habitats. 1 – open slope, 2 – forest. Measurements were made in the first decade of July 2014 on a cloudless sunny day

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Fig. 2. Results of cluster analysis of the composition of 210 ISSR loci of Plantago media and Plantago major identified using STRUCTURE [13]. In the horizontal direction: each individual column corresponds to one sample; 1 and 2 – two groups of P. media plants on open slope and forest; 3 – P. major plants. In the vertical direction: the probability of assigning each sample (individual) to one of the clusters. Variants of the number of clusters are indicated above the graphs: K = 2 – the most probable number of clusters determined by the Evanno method [15]; K = 3 – the number of clusters corresponding to the number of studied plant groups

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Fig. 3. Scatter plot obtained on the basis of the results of the discriminant analysis of the principal components (DAPC) of the matrix of 210 ISSR loci of Plantago media and Plantago major plants. 1 and 2 – P. media plants from the forest and on the open slope, 3 – P. major plants. Axis 1 – values of discriminant function 1, axis 2 – values of discriminant function 2. In the lower right corner of the graph are the values of the DAPC eigenvalues

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