Characterization of 38 microsatellite loci in the European blackbird, Turdus merula (Turdidae, AVES).

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Simeoni M, Dawson DA, Gentle LK, Coiffait L, Wolff K, Evans KL, Gaston KJ, Hatchwell BJ. Characterization of 38 microsatellite loci in the European blackbird, Turdus merula (Turdidae, AVES). Mol Ecol Resour. 2009;9(6):1520-6.
We characterized 38 microsatellite loci in the European blackbird, Turdus merula. Thirty-seven loci were identified by testing 242 loci that had been originally isolated in other avian species. One additional locus was isolated from a European blackbird genomic library. All loci were characterized in 20-29 blackbirds from a population in the Czech Republic and displayed between two and 16 alleles, with observed heterozygosity ranging from 0. 04 to 1. 00. Thirty-seven loci could be assigned a chromosome location in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) genome based on sequence homology.