Theoretical and applied genetics vol:107 issue:2 pages:291-298
Supplementary Material The nucleotide sequence of the ribosomal external transcribed spacer (ETS) region of Stylosanthes mexicana was determined and used to evaluate its potential for examination of intra- and inter-specific relationships in Stylosanthes, as compared to the use of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region. The entire ETS region comprises 1,145 bp and is composed of a region of non-repetitive sequences consisting of three subregions with organizational and nucleotide-sequence conservation, and a triplicated segment of about 100 bp. A primer designed in the second conserved subregion allowed us to amplify and sequence directly the 3' part (423-431 bp) of the ETS from 22 genotypes of 12 representative Stylosanthes species that were previously used in phylogenetic analysis of the genus. The study revealed that the right-hand part of Stylosanthes ETS contains approximately twice as much variable and informative characters than the ITS. Moreover, pairwise sequence-divergence values are twice as high, on average, when compared to the ITS. The ITS and ETS datasets are consistent in phylogenetic reconstruction of Stylosanthes, and combined parsimony analysis resulted in a strict consensus tree that is better resolved and generally better supported than trees obtained from separate analysis of the spacer regions.