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Premise: To genetically discriminate subspecies of the common reed (Phragmites australis), we developed real-time quantitative (qPCR) assays for identifying P. australis subsp. americanus, P. australis subsp. australis, and P. australis subsp. berlandieri.
Methods and Results: Utilizing study-generated chloroplast DNA sequences, we developed three novel qPCR assays. Assays were verified on individuals of each subspecies and against two non-target species, Arundo donax and Phalaris arundinacea. One assay amplifies only P. australis subsp. americanus, one amplifies P. australis subsp. australis and/or P. australis subsp. berlandieri, and one amplifies P. australis subsp. americanus and/or P. australis subsp. australis. This protocol enhances currently available rapid identification methods by providing genetic discrimination of all three subspecies.
Conclusions: The newly developed assays were validated using P. australis samples from across the United States. Application of these assays outside of this geographic range should be preceded by additional testing.
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Applications in Plant Sciences
Lindsay, D. L., Guan, X., Harms, N. E., Cronin, J. T., Meyerson, L. A., & Lance, R. F. (2023). DNA assays for genetic discrimination of three Phragmites australis subspecies in the United States. Applications in Plant Science, 11(2), e11512. https://doi.org/10.1002/aps3.11512
Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/aps3.11512
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