Does Primula intricata Gren. et Godr. Merit Species Rank? A Taxonomic Revision Based on nrDNA, cpDNA and AFLP Data

  • Dana ŞUTEU Institute of Biological Research, 48 Republicii Street, 400015, Cluj-Napoca
  • Mihai PUSCAS Alexandru Borza Botanical Garden, BabeÅŸ-Bolyai University, 400015 Cluj-Napoca
  • Ioan BĂCILĂ Institute of Biological Research, Cluj-Napoca
  • Ana COSTE Institute of Biological Research, 48 Bilascu Gheorghe Street, RO-400015 Cluj-Napoca
  • Liviu FILIPAS National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Institute of Biological Research Cluj-Napoca, Department of Taxonomy and Ecology, 48 Republicii, RO-400015
  • Ilie Adrian STOICA Institute of Biological Research, Cluj-Napoca
  • Bogdan Iuliu HURDU Babes-Bolyai University and Institute of Biological Research, Cluj-Napoca
  • Tudor URSU Institute of Biological Research, Cluj-Napoca
  • Gheorghe COLDEA University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Manastur St., 400372 Cluj-Napoca

Abstract

Primula intricata Gren. et Godr. has an unclear taxonomic status: it was originally described as a distinct species but subsequently was considered a subspecies (Primula elatior subsp. intricata) or even a variety (P. elatior var. intricata ) of Primula elatior (L.) Hill. No prior genetic studies were performed on this group of Primulaceae, therefore we considered useful to investigate taxonomies boundaries within the P. elatior-intricata group. We explored genetic differences between Primula intricata and Primula elatior group by applying three different types of molecular markers: nuclear ribosomal DNA (ITS1), chloroplast DNA (spacer trnH-psbA and intron trnL) and Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphisms (AFLP). We found a solid differentiation between P. intricata and P. elatior group, differentiation that was confirmed by all the employed molecular markers. This finding enabled us to propose a valid species rank for Primula intricata, as a separate taxon from the P. elatior group.

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Author Biographies

Dana ŞUTEU, Institute of Biological Research, 48 Republicii Street, 400015, Cluj-Napoca
DEPARTMENT OF TAXONOMY AND ECOLOGY Research Scientist
Mihai PUSCAS, Alexandru Borza Botanical Garden, BabeÅŸ-Bolyai University, 400015 Cluj-Napoca
ALEXANDRU BORZA BOTANICAL GARDEN
Ioan BĂCILĂ, Institute of Biological Research, Cluj-Napoca
DEPARTMENT OF TAXONOMY AND ECOLOGY Research Scientist
Ana COSTE, Institute of Biological Research, 48 Bilascu Gheorghe Street, RO-400015 Cluj-Napoca
DEPARTMENT OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Liviu FILIPAS, National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Institute of Biological Research Cluj-Napoca, Department of Taxonomy and Ecology, 48 Republicii, RO-400015
DEPARTMENT OF TAXONOMY AND ECOLOGY Research Scientist
Ilie Adrian STOICA, Institute of Biological Research, Cluj-Napoca
DEPARTMENT OF TAXONOMY AND ECOLOGY Research Scientist
Bogdan Iuliu HURDU, Babes-Bolyai University and Institute of Biological Research, Cluj-Napoca
Babe?-Bolyai University, Biology and Geology Faculty, Taxonomy and Ecology Department - PhD student; Institute of Biological Research, DEPARTMENT OF TAXONOMY AND ECOLOGY Research Scientist
Tudor URSU, Institute of Biological Research, Cluj-Napoca
DEPARTMENT OF TAXONOMY AND ECOLOGY Research Scientist
Gheorghe COLDEA, University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Manastur St., 400372 Cluj-Napoca
DEPARTMENT OF TAXONOMY AND ECOLOGY Senior Research Scientist HEAD OF THE INSTITUTE
Published
2011-05-30
How to Cite
ŞUTEU, D., PUSCAS, M., BĂCILĂ, I., COSTE, A., FILIPAS, L., STOICA, I. A., HURDU, B. I., URSU, T., & COLDEA, G. (2011). Does Primula intricata Gren. et Godr. Merit Species Rank? A Taxonomic Revision Based on nrDNA, cpDNA and AFLP Data. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 39(1), 24-29. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha3915440
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Research Articles