The future of molecular markers in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) breeding and genetics lies in the discovery of more useful markers than now available. One-dimensional SDS/PAGE analysis revealed four phaseolin types, “S,” “T,” “C,” and “H,” in proportions of 23.5%, 49.2%, 24.8%, and 2.5%, respectively. Molecular heterogeneity of phaseolin subunits was not apparent. On the basis of the phaseolin types and seed size, ≈75% of the landraces from Malawi probably were introduced from the Andean primary center of common bean domestication. The remaining 25% were small-seeded and probably originated from the Meso-American center of domestication of common bean. In Malawi, some amount of hybridization has occurred between genotypes from the two centers of domestication.
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