Microsatellite DNA markers for population genetic studies in the dinoflagellate Karenia brevis Academic Article uri icon


  • Nine nuclear-encoded microsatellites from an enriched genomic DNA library of the HAB (harmful algal bloom) dinoflagellate Karenia brevis were isolated and characterized. The microsatellites include five perfect (three dinucleotide and two trinucleotide) and four imperfect (two dinucleotide and two trinucleotide) repeat motifs. Gene (haplotype) diversity ranged from 0.153 to 0.750 among a sample of 13 isolates; the number of alleles among the isolates ranged from two to six and pairwise tests of genotypic disequilibria were nonsignificant. The microsatellites developed in this study will provide insight into the genetic diversity of this HAB species and tools that may prove useful in predicting source populations and physiological parameters of individual K. brevis blooms. 2006 The Authors.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Renshaw, M. A., Soltysiak, K., Arreola, D., Loret, P., Patton, J. C., Gold, J. R., & Campbell, L.

citation count

  • 12

publication date

  • July 2006