A method for seed proteome analysis using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry is described. The data were used to estimate the genetic diversity degree among twelve genotypes of pepper (Capsicum). The resulting spectra were converted into a binary matrix consisting of 23 protein data sets, and genetic similarity values were calculated with the FreeTree software and Jaccards coefficient of similarity. We have also been able to identify the presence of certain proteins in the extracts, by checking their masses on online databases.
Keywords: mass spectrometry, time of flight, germplasm, capsicum, genetic variability
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