Title page for ETD etd-02202003-125752

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Woods, Kristi Yvonne
Author's Email Address kniehaus@vt.edu
URN etd-02202003-125752
Title Nymphaea odorata (Water-lily, Nymphaeaceae): Analyses of molecular and morphological studies
Degree Master of Science
Department Biology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hilu, Khidir W. Committee Chair
Adler, Lynn S. Committee Member
Turner, Bruce J. Committee Member
  • internal transcribed spacer (ITS)
  • morphological variation
  • hybridization
  • inter-simple sequence repeats (ISSR)
  • trnL-F
  • Nymphaea
  • speciation
Date of Defense 2003-02-06
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Molecular and morphologic studies were used to determine the evolution, classification and differentiation of Nymphaea odorata. Molecular analyses of the nuclear internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region, the chloroplast trnL-F region, and inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) markers determined the variation present between and within two species of Nymphaea. The ITS region resulted in a phylogeny depicting strong separation between species (N. mexicana and N. odorata) and some separation between N. odorata’s subspecies. The ITS region contained polymorphisms, which upon SAHN clustering and principle coordinate (PCOA) and minimum spanning tree (MST) analyses produced groups similar to the clades in the ITS phylogeny. Sixteen accessions were chosen for trnL-F analysis, where a subspecies-specific molecular marker was found. In most accessions the marker confirmed the original subspecies classification. Molecular analyses using ISSRs characterized among population variation in N. odorata and N. mexicana using five primers. ISSR markers among populations were highly variable within a species and were used in UPGMA, PCOA and MST analysis, which resulted in separation between the subspecies.

Both univariate and multivariate analyses were performed on quantitative and qualitative morphological characters. An analysis of variance resulted in six morphological characteristics that were statistically significant (P< 0.05), the majority being leaf blade characteristics. Multivariate statistics of principle component analysis and discriminate analysis resulted in groups for each subspecies, both emphasized the importance of quantitative leaf blade characteristics. Overall, both morphology and molecular characteristics supported the classification of subspecies for ssp. odorata and ssp. tuberosa, due a lack of strong segregation of characteristics.

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