Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in the field vole, Microtus agrestis, and their cross-utility in the common vole, Microtus arvalis

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We developed nine polymorphic microsatellite loci for the field vole, Microtus agrestis. The number of alleles ranged from five to 15 and observed heterozygosities ranged from 0.40 to 1.00. We also tested the microsatellite loci for amplification and polymorphism in the congeneric species Microtus arvalis. Five of the nine loci were successfully analysed in this species. The microsatellite markers will be employed in studies of reproductive success and fine-scale spatial genetic structure.


  • Maarit Jaarola
  • M. Ratkiewicz
  • R. T. Ashford
  • C. Brunhoff
  • A. Borkowska
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Genetics


  • Microtus, voles, cross-species amplification, microsatellite
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1029-1031
JournalMolecular Ecology Notes
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Genetics (Closed 2011) (011005100)