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Microsatellite markers: what they mean and why they are so useful

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Microsatellite markers: what they mean and why they are so useful
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Genetics and Molecular Biology, August 2016
DOI 10.1590/1678-4685-gmb-2016-0027
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Maria Lucia Carneiro Vieira, Luciane Santini, Augusto Lima Diniz, Carla de Freitas Munhoz


Microsatellites or Single Sequence Repeats (SSRs) are extensively employed in plant genetics studies, using both low and high throughput genotyping approaches. Motivated by the importance of these sequences over the last decades this review aims to address some theoretical aspects of SSRs, including definition, characterization and biological function. The methodologies for the development of SSR loci, genotyping and their applications as molecular markers are also reviewed. Finally, two data surveys are presented. The first was conducted using the main database of Web of Science, prospecting for articles published over the period from 2010 to 2015, resulting in approximately 930 records. The second survey was focused on papers that aimed at SSR marker development, published in the American Journal of Botany's Primer Notes and Protocols in Plant Sciences (over 2013 up to 2015), resulting in a total of 87 publications. This scenario confirms the current relevance of SSRs and indicates their continuous utilization in plant science.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 3 <1%
Pakistan 1 <1%
Unknown 1199 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 238 20%
Student > Master 227 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 224 19%
Researcher 121 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 61 5%
Other 146 12%
Unknown 186 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 495 41%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 322 27%
Environmental Science 49 4%
Immunology and Microbiology 20 2%
Medicine and Dentistry 16 1%
Other 86 7%
Unknown 215 18%