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Telling Duckweed Apart: Genotyping Technologies for the Lemnaceae(PDF)

Chinese Journal of Applied & Environmental Biology[ISSN:1006-687X/CN:51-1482/Q]

2013 01
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Telling Duckweed Apart: Genotyping Technologies for the Lemnaceae
Klaus J. Appenroth Nikolai Borisjuk Eric Lam
(1University of Jena, Institute of General Botany and Plant Physiology, Jena 07743, Germany)
(2Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers State University of New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA)
duckweed genotyping RAPD ISSR AFLP barcoding

The family of Lemnaceae, commonly called duckweed, comprise five genera and 37 species of aquatic monocotyledonous plants that are endemic to lakes, ponds and brackish water bodies on most continents. They are angiosperms that have the highest biomass production rate and have been used to remediate wastewater from both municipal and industrial sources. With these attractive features, duckweed is poised to be a novel agricultural platform that can complement current terrestrial crops. In addition, their remarkable ability to adapt to diverse climates and conditions may provide new understanding of stress tolerance and genome adaptability mechanisms. However, one of the first challenges facing these applications is to establish reliable and rapid methods for identification of closely related strains that may have very different behaviour or properties. This review article summarizes the state of the arts for this endeavour and provides the outlook for this quest in the near future.


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