Genetic divergence studies in finger millet (Eleusine coracana (l.) Gaertn}

Anantharaju, P. and Meenakshiganesan, N. (2008) Genetic divergence studies in finger millet (Eleusine coracana (l.) Gaertn}. Indian Journal Agricultural Research, 42 (2). pp. 120-123.

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Fifty genotypes of finger millet were studied for genetic divergence using D2 analysis for ten quantitative traits. These genotypes were grouped into fourteen clusters. Out of which, Cluster I had seventeen genotypes, cluster III ten genotypes, cluster V six genotypes, cluster VI seven genotypes, cluster II, cluster IV and clusters VII to XIV consisted of one genotype each. Considering the inter cluster distances, it was the highest between cluster XI and XIII followed by the inter cluster distance of V and XI and XIII and XIV. Cluster XIV (genotype MS 3221) had the highest mean for grain yield and productive tiller number. For number of fingers, cluster IV (genotype TNAU, 972) and cluster XIII (genotype Indaf 11), for finger length cluster X (PR 202) and for thousand grain weight cluster XI (AF 260) were the superior clusters for the respective characters, the genotypes of which can be effectively used in breeding programmes. Among the characters, days to 50% flowering followed by number of leaves contributed more towards the total divergence

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore - 641 003, India
Subjects: Crop Improvement > Genetics/Genomics
Depositing User: David T
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2010 21:20
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2010 20:18
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