iMEC: Online Marker Efficiency Calculator

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PREMISE OF THE STUDY: To accurately design plant genetic studies, the information content of utilized markers and primers must be calculated. Plant genotyping studies should take into account the efficiency of each marker system by calculating different parameters to find the optimal combination of primers. This can be problematic because there are currently no easily accessible applications that can be used to calculate multiple indices together.

METHODS AND RESULTS: The program Online Marker Efficiency Calculator (iMEC) was developed using R for the simple computation of seven polymorphism indices (heterozygosity index, polymorphism information content, discriminating power, effective multiplex ratio, marker index, arithmetic mean heterozygosity, and resolving power). These indices are based on dominant and codominant DNA fingerprinting markers, thus allowing comparison and selection of optimal genetic markers for a given data set.

CONCLUSIONS: iMEC simplifies the calculation of diverse indices for the marker of choice to better enable researchers to measure polymorphism information for individual markers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1159
JournalApplications in Plant Sciences
Issue number6
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • arbitrarily amplified dominant markers (AAD s)
  • DNA band
  • molecular marker
  • multi-locus fingerprinting
  • polymorphism
  • 112 Statistics and probability
  • 113 Computer and information sciences

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