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Applications of microsatellite markers in studies of genetics and breeding of fish

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 February 2007

Zhang Xiao-Gu
College of Fisheries, Huazhong Agriculture University, Wuhan 430070, China College of Life Sciences, Jiujiang University, Jiujiang 332000, China
Tong Jin-Gou
State Key Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology and Biotechnology, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430072, China
Xiong Bang-Xi*
College of Fisheries, Huazhong Agriculture University, Wuhan 430070, China
*Corresponding author. Email:


The microsatellite, or short sequence repeat (SSR), is a powerful genetic marker, useful in many areas of fish genetics and breeding. Polymorphic microsatellite loci have been frequently applied to the analysis of genetic diversity, population genetic structure, and genomic mapping. These co-dominant markers have also been applied to the classification and systematics, parentage identification, germplasm conservation, and breeding programme of food fish.

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