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Genetic Diversity and Population Structure: Implications for Conservation of Wild Soybean (Glycine Soja Sieb. et Zucc) Based on Nuclear and Chloroplast Microsatellite Variation

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Wild soybean (Glycine soja Sieb. et Zucc) is the most important germplasm resource for soybean breeding, and is currently subject to habitat loss, fragmentation and population decline. In order to develop successful conservation strategies, a total of 604 wild soybean accessions from 43 locations sampled across its range in China, Japan and Korea were analyzed using 20 nuclear (nSSRs) and five chloroplast microsatellite markers (cpSSRs) to reveal its genetic diversity and population structure. Relatively high nSSR diversity was found in wild soybean compared with other self-pollinated species, and the region of Middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River (MDRY) was revealed to have the highest genetic diversity.

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