Exploring chemical composition and genetic dissimilarities between maize accessions


The capacity of maize (Zea mays L.) accessions to tolerate drastically extreme conditions in Iraq, contributes to the
characterization of the genetic resources for germplasm management and the identification of the finest genotypes
for genetic improvement. Therefore, breeding maize program requires knowledge of genetic variation and
genetic structure. A total of 25 maize accessions from three regions (Iraq-Sulaimani, Iraq-Erbil and Iran-Sanandaj)
were genotyped by chemical and phytochemical components and simple sequence repeats (SSR) markers to evaluate
genetic diversity, population composition and the relationships between genetic and chemical composition
dissimilarities. In terms of proximate and phytochemical parameters, the maize accessions exhibited large significant
disparity, in which oil, phenol contents and 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) characteristic appeared to
be the most discriminating features of maize accessions. Altogether, 18 SSR markers produced 77 polymorphic
alleles across the 25 samples, and the chosen SSR was extremely informative with polymorphic information content
(PIC) varied from 0.91 (Bnlg1890) to 0.37 (Umc1630 and Bnlg1189), as well as gene diversity (ranging from
0.48 to 0.91, with an average of 0.75) illustrating the broad genetic variability of the accessions investigated.
Molecular variance assessment (AMOVA) showed that there was only 21% genetic variation among populations.
Pairwise PhiPT distance (0.10 to 0.31) stated high population distinctions among the populations investigated. In
addition, the accessions from three regions were differentiated into seven clusters by both methods; clustering
and population structure analysis and the accessions are not grouped in term of geographic locations. Both chemical
composition and SSR markers differentiated 25 maize accessions. The results of the Mantel test exhibited a
significant positive linkage between chemical components and SSR matrices. The results of this research revealed
that maize accessions have a broad genetic diversity that provides a source of new and unique alleles that are
helpful for maize breeding programs to address the continuing and future significant challenges and determining
collections of well-known cultivars and disparities between them.


Maize, proximate components, SSR, genetic diversity, genetic structures and associations

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Maydica - A journal devoted to maize and allied species

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