2002 Volume 71 Issue 6 Pages 826-828
Sixty-nine loquat accessions, including 27 Japanese varieties, 23 from China, 7 from Israel, 4 from Greece, 3 from Mexico, 3 from USA and the other 2 Eriobotrya species, were analyzed by random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD). Of the 60 primers screened, 28 primers yielded a total of 135 fragments that were reproducibly amplified. Polymorphism was observed in 108 of the 135 bands. All varieties were successfully distinguished by at least 1 band. RAPD analysis could be efficiently applied to distinguish loquat cultivars.