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Microsatellite DNA and Its Application in Mentha Species

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
52111
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2001-00054
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
A.M. Todd Company
P.O. Box 149 Jefferson, OR 97352
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Microsatellite DNA and Its Application in Mentha Species
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2001-33610-10352
Award Amount: $63,780.00
 

Abstract:

Essential oil plants in Mentha species have been valued historically for their medicinal, culinary, and fragrance properties. Despite the existence of several mint species and many cultivars, the U.S. Mint Oil Industry is based upon three sterile clones and their minor somatic variants. The narrow genetic base of these commercial varieties could endanger the stability of the mint industry if virulence of disease and/or large-scale fluctuations in weather occur. Extensive genetic diversity exists among other mint species and the U.S. mint industry is considering more effective future exploitation of this diversity to broaden the genetic base. Unfortunately, genetic diversity in mint is very poorly characterized, and the genetic relationships among known species and cultivars remain obscure. Here, we propose evaluating the utility of simple-sequence repeat (SSR or microsatellite) DNA fingerprinting techniques for answering the following questions: What are the relative levels of genetic diversity in extent mint species and cultivars? What are the genetic relationships among those species and cultivars? How well do SSR markers discriminate among closely related cultivars?

Principal Investigator:

Jie Liu
5413273868
jliu@amtodd.com

Business Contact:

Mark Morris
Program Director
5413273868
mmorris@amtodd.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

A.M. Todd Company
P.O. Box 149 Jefferson, OR 97352

EIN/Tax ID: 383272356
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No