2020 Volume 95 Issue 5 Pages 275-279
Primula denticulata exhibits considerable variation in floral morphology and flowering phenology along elevational gradients in SW China. We isolated 30 microsatellite markers from P. denticulata to facilitate further investigation of population genetics and floral evolution in this species. We used the HiSeq X-Ten sequencing system to develop a set of markers, and measured polymorphism and genetic diversity in a sample of 72 individuals from three natural populations of P. denticulata subsp. denticulata. The markers displayed relatively high polymorphism, with the number of alleles ranging from two to seven (mean = 3.567). The observed and expected heterozygosity ranged from 0 to 1.000 and 0.041 to 0.702, respectively. Twenty-eight of the loci were also successfully amplified in P. denticulata subsp. sinodenticulata. The microsatellite markers we have identified will provide valuable tools for investigations of the population genetic structure, mating systems and phylogeography of the P. denticulata complex, and will help to address questions concerning the ecological and genetic mechanisms responsible for the evolution of reproductive traits in the species.