Chloroplast microsatellites as markers for paternity analysis in Abies alba.
This study describes the application of previously characterized chloroplast microsatellites as markers for paternity analysis in a conifer species. The investigations were performed on silver fir (Abies alba) relic trees in an endangered population of the Ore Mountains, Germany. Two relatively isolated adult trees about 30 m apart, as well as 24 naturally regenerated young trees in their direct neighbourhood, were analysed at two chloroplast microsatellite loci. Results reveal the potential usefulness of the markers for paternity analysis.