Genetic diversity of Southeastern Nigerien date palms reveals a secondary structure within Western populations

Oumarou Zango, Emira Cherif, Nathalie Chabrillange, Salwa Zehdi-Azouzi, Muriel Gros-Balthazard, Summar Abbas Naqvi, Alain Lemansour, Hervé Rey, Yacoubou Bakasso, Frédérique Aberlenc

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    Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) is mainly cultivated for its edible fruit and is of great socio-economic importance for the populations of arid zones. Analysis of the date palm genetic diversity in the Old World had revealed a strong genetic structure with the existence of two gene pools, one Eastern comprising Asia and Djibouti, and one Western, consisting of North African accessions. So far, mainly date palm populations from countries within the Maghreb and the Middle East were characterized, but no information from the Sahel was included. Here, we present the genetic diversity of date palms from Southeastern Niger. The DNA of 113 date palm accessions were analyzed and compared with a database containing the genetic information of 248 accessions from the Old World. The diversity generated from microsatellite markers was compared to that of the same loci of both the Eastern and Western genetic pools. Our results show that date palms from Southeastern Niger constitute a unique group with a high level of genetic diversity. Moreover, even though this group is included in the Western genetic pool, it shows a specific originality which differentiates it from other Western populations. It also shows one of the lowest admixture levels of the Western pool. Global analysis showed a secondary genetic structure within the Western pool highlighting a new genetic group located in Southeastern Niger that distinguishes itself from the North African group.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number75
    JournalTree Genetics and Genomes
    Volume13
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

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    Phoenix dactylifera
    secondary structure
    genetic variation
    genetic structure
    Niger
    Population
    Genetic Structures
    fruit
    Djibouti
    DNA
    Maghreb
    gene
    Genetic Databases
    Gene Pool
    Northern Africa
    Middle East
    Sahel
    Far East
    Phoeniceae
    genetic diversity

    Keywords

    • Date palm
    • Genetic diversity
    • Microsatellite markers
    • Sahel
    • Southeast Niger

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Forestry
    • Molecular Biology
    • Genetics
    • Horticulture

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    Zango, O., Cherif, E., Chabrillange, N., Zehdi-Azouzi, S., Gros-Balthazard, M., Naqvi, S. A., ... Aberlenc, F. (2017). Genetic diversity of Southeastern Nigerien date palms reveals a secondary structure within Western populations. Tree Genetics and Genomes, 13(4), [75]. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11295-017-1150-z

    Genetic diversity of Southeastern Nigerien date palms reveals a secondary structure within Western populations. / Zango, Oumarou; Cherif, Emira; Chabrillange, Nathalie; Zehdi-Azouzi, Salwa; Gros-Balthazard, Muriel; Naqvi, Summar Abbas; Lemansour, Alain; Rey, Hervé; Bakasso, Yacoubou; Aberlenc, Frédérique.

    In: Tree Genetics and Genomes, Vol. 13, No. 4, 75, 01.08.2017.

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    Zango, O, Cherif, E, Chabrillange, N, Zehdi-Azouzi, S, Gros-Balthazard, M, Naqvi, SA, Lemansour, A, Rey, H, Bakasso, Y & Aberlenc, F 2017, 'Genetic diversity of Southeastern Nigerien date palms reveals a secondary structure within Western populations', Tree Genetics and Genomes, vol. 13, no. 4, 75. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11295-017-1150-z
    Zango, Oumarou ; Cherif, Emira ; Chabrillange, Nathalie ; Zehdi-Azouzi, Salwa ; Gros-Balthazard, Muriel ; Naqvi, Summar Abbas ; Lemansour, Alain ; Rey, Hervé ; Bakasso, Yacoubou ; Aberlenc, Frédérique. / Genetic diversity of Southeastern Nigerien date palms reveals a secondary structure within Western populations. In: Tree Genetics and Genomes. 2017 ; Vol. 13, No. 4.
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