Comparative morphological relationship in eleven traits of Corchorus Cultivars

Comparative morphological relationship in eleven traits of Corchorus Cultivars

Author by Dr. Kehinde Oyekale

Journal/Publisher: Mycopath

Volume/Edition: 12

Language: English

Pages: 37 - 42

Abstract

The present study was conducted to evaluate the genetic diversity available in the cultivars of Corchorus olitorious L. with the aim of broadening their genetic base. Eleven cultivars of C. olitorious, including BUC1, BUC2, Oniyaya, BUC3, NHCO12, NHCO21, BUC4, BUC5, BUC6, BUC7 and BUC8 were evaluated for their morphological relationship. Plant height, leaf number, leaf area, leaf weight and root weight were used as agronomic indices. Seeds were sourced from Babcock University and National Institute of Horticultural Research (NIHORT) and germplasm were treated using the recommended wet heat treatment method in order to break seed dormancy. The seeds were then sown using a randomized Complete Block Design with the C. olitorious cultivars as the treatment. Results showed significant differences in all traits evaluated for the eleven cultivars except seedling fresh leaf weight, which was not significantly different for all the cultivars. Significant positive variations also existed among some of the paired traits. The present study indicated enough diversity among the C. olitorious cultivars that can help to broaden the genetic bases of new cultivars.  Keywords


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