Intraspecific sequence variation of chloroplast DNA among the component species of evergreen broad-leaved forests in Japan.

Journal of plant research

PubMedID: 12820018

Aoki K, Suzuki T, Murakami N. Intraspecific sequence variation of chloroplast DNA among the component species of evergreen broad-leaved forests in Japan. J Plant Res. 2003;116(4):337-44.
For the purpose of phylogeographic study of lucidophyllous (evergreen broad-leaved) forests in Japan, we surveyed intraspecific chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) variation in 41 component species of such forests. Intraspecific cpDNA variations were detected in 14 species. In 15 species and one species group, 16 non-coding cpDNA regions were examined to find intraspecific sequence variation. The extent of variation in these regions was compared. The largest amount of intraspecific variation was detected in the rps16 region. A relatively large amount of intraspecific variation was detected in the petD-rpoA, rpl16, and trnL-F regions. It is suggested that these regions of cpDNA would be useful for detecting intraspecific variation in plant species, and could provide valuable information for various research purposes.