Genetic interrelationship of seven Ocimum species was estimated using Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers. The 15 selected RAPD primers out of 2 primers were amplified in all Ocimum species. O. basilicum has very close similarity (89%) with O. tenuiflorum and another two species of O. gratissimum and O. micranthum. Our results suggested that genetic relationships in Ocimum species using RAPD banding data may be useful for plant improvement and an efficient way to conserve genetic resources of Ocimum species, in addition to their effective medicinal uses.
Harisaranraj et al., R.
"Analysis of Inter-Species Relationships of Ocimum Species Using RAPD Markers,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2008
, Article 82.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2008/iss1/82