Identification and characterisation of thirteen new microsatellites for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.) from a repeat-enriched library

Jon Ivar Westgaard, Tekle Tafese, Mette Serine Wesmajervi, Jørgen Stenvik, Kjersti Turid Fjalestad, Børge Damsgård, Madjid Delghandi

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A total of 13 polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.) from a repeat-enriched library. Polymorphism of each locus was assessed in 96 unrelated individuals from a natural population. The number of alleles per locus varied from 8 to 45. The ranges of observed and expected heterozygosity were 0.122-0.907 and 0.673-0.965, respectively. Four of the loci (Gmo-G24, Gmo-G40, Gmo-G46 and Gmo-G49) followed Hardy-Weinberg expectation. No evidence for linkage disequilibrium between pairs of loci was found in any combination of loci pairs, except between Gmo-G40 and Gmo-G43. These microsatellite markers provide useful tools for studies of population genetics, reproductive ecology and for constructing linkage maps of Atlantic cod.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-751
Number of pages3
JournalConservation Genetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007



  • Atlantic cod
  • Dinucleotide repeats
  • Enriched genomic library
  • Microsatellites
  • Type II markers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Genetics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Genetics(clinical)

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