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18 April 2014 Development of Microsatellite Markers for the Coastal Shrub Scaevola taccada (Goodeniaceae)
Haruko Ando, Naoko Emura, Tetsuro Denda, Naoyuki Nakahama, Miho Inoue-Murayama, Yuji Isagi
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Scaevola taccada (Gaertn.) Roxb. (Goodeniaceae) is a coastal shrub species widely distributed along coastal areas of the Pacific and Indian oceans (Howarth et al., 2003). The white fleshy exocarp and the underlying corky layer of the fruit (Howarth et al., 2003) allow it to be transported in the avian gut (Kawakami et al., 2009; Emura et al., 2012) and by oceanic floating (Nakanishi, 1988). Due to its unique seed dispersal system, S. taccada has been found growing in various environments. Seashores (sandy shores and cliffs, consistent with dispersal by oceanic floating and birds) represent the primary growth environment of this species, but some populations exist in island interiors (dispersal by birds) (Satake et al., 1989; Emura et al., unpublished data). Following such a distribution pattern, some isolated populations might be in the process of speciation, which may be indicated by population genetic structure. To estimate genetic differentiation caused by the different seed dispersal patterns, highly variable genetic markers are required. Here, we report 13 nuclear microsatellite loci for S. taccada developed using 454 next-generation sequencing, which will be useful for estimating the population genetic structure of this species.


A fresh leaf sample of S. taccada was collected from an individual growing in a coastal area of the Ogasawara Islands, Japan, and genomic DNA was extracted using the DNeasy Plant Mini Kit (QIAGEN, Germantown, Maryland, USA). The GS Junior Titanium Series Kit (Roche, Mannheim, Germany) and the SPRIworks Fragment Library System (Beckman Coulter, Brea, California, USA) were used for construction of a DNA library for S. taccada. A 500-ng aliquot of genomic DNA was nebulized at 0.24 MPa for 1 min, purified, end-repaired, and A-tailed using the SPRIworks Fragment Library Kit II (Beckman Coulter) and ligated to the Rapid Library Adapter (Roche) using RL Ligase (Roche). Suitably sized DNA fragments were selected by removing short fragments using SPRIworks Fragment Library Kit II (Beckman Coulter). Emulsion PCR (emPCR) was constructed for the desired fragments mixed with capture beads using the GS Junior Titanium emPCR Kit (Roche). After emPCR, the beads capturing the DNA library were enriched to selectively capture beads with sufficient amounts of template DNA for sequencing. The enriched beads were annealed with sequencing primers, and the amplified fragments were sequenced using the GS Junior Benchtop System (Roche). In the GS Junior sequencing, 30,497 DNA sequences were obtained. The sequences were screened to find potential microsatellite loci using the MSATCOMMANDER program (Faircloth, 2008). After screening, 423 repeat regions containing eight or more dinucleotide repeats were identified using Primer3 software (Rozen and Skaletsky, 2000) embedded in MSATCOMMANDER, and primers were successfully designed for a total of 72 repeats.

Twenty-three primer pairs were selected for amplification trials in eight S. taccada individuals, based on the repeat structure and avoiding sequences containing mononucleotide repeats. All of the forward primers designed from the selected loci were synthesized with a tag sequence (Boutin-Ganache et al., 2001) for fluorescent labeling. The sequence of each tag is indicated in the notes for Table 1. A modified protocol for the QIAGEN Multiplex PCR Kit (QIAGEN) was used for PCR amplification. The final volume of the PCR reaction mixture was 5 µL and contained the following: 16 ng extracted DNA, 2.5 µL Multiplex PCR Master Mix, 0.01 µM forward primer, 0.2 µM reverse primer, and 0.1 µM M13 (fluorescently labeled) primer. The PCR program was as follows: an initial denaturation at 95°C for 15 min; 30 cycles at 94°C for 30 s, 57°C for 1.5 min, and 72°C for 1 min; and a final extension at 60°C for 30 min. The PCR product size was determined using the ABI PRISM 3100 Genetic Analyzer (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, California, USA) and GeneMapper software (Applied Biosystems). Thirteen primer pairs amplified well and could be scored easily and unambiguously (Table 1). These primer pairs were used for amplification in 64 individuals sampled from two populations located on the Ogasawara Islands (26.61184°N, 142.17543°E) and the Okinawa Islands (26.13975°N, 127.79644°E), using the PCR program used for amplification described above. One specimen from each population was collected and deposited at the Kyoto University Museum herbarium (accession numbers: KYO 00037380 and KYO 00037381).

Table 1.

Characteristics of 13 microsatellite primers developed for Scaevola taccada. All values are based on 64 samples from two populations on the Okinawa and Ogasawara islands in Japan.


Table 2.

Results for primer screening of all samples for 13 microsatellite loci in two populations of Scaevola taccada.


The number of alleles for a given locus ranged from one to 10 (mean: 2.5). The observed and expected heterozygosities were 0.00–0.91 (mean: 0.23) and 0.00–0.85 (mean: 0.27), respectively (Table 2). Deviation from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) and the linkage disequilibrium (LD) between loci were tested using FSTAT version 2.9.3 (Goudet, 1995). Two loci (Stac21 and Stac24) exhibited a significant deviation from HWE (P < 0.05) in the Ogasawara population. There was no evidence of LD for any loci pairs. Fixation index was calculated using FSTAT and its values were −0.18–1.00.


We have characterized 13 microsatellite loci for S. taccada. These microsatellite loci will be useful for estimating population genetic structure possibly resulting from the various seed dispersal patterns of S. taccada.



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[1] This study was supported by a Grant-in-Aid from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellows. The Roche GS Junior Sequencer was operated by the Cooperation Research Program of the Wildlife Research Center at Kyoto University.

Haruko Ando, Naoko Emura, Tetsuro Denda, Naoyuki Nakahama, Miho Inoue-Murayama, and Yuji Isagi "Development of Microsatellite Markers for the Coastal Shrub Scaevola taccada (Goodeniaceae)," Applications in Plant Sciences 2(5), (18 April 2014).
Received: 5 December 2013; Accepted: 1 February 2014; Published: 18 April 2014

454 sequencing
genetic structure
Scaevola taccada
seed dispersal
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