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Journal of Applied Horticulture. 1999: 1(2): 139-141

Combining ability and stability analysis in bittergourd (Momordica charantia L.)

Matoria, G R; Khandelwal, R C

Department of Horticulture, Rajasthan College of Agriculture, Udaipur 313001, India.

Combining ability and stability analysis for six traits was performed in 45 bitter gourd hybrids derived from a 10 x 10 diallel analysis. The analysis revealed that both additive as well as non-additive gene action were important for all the characters. However, non-additive gene action was predominant for all the traits, except for girth of fruits and number of seeds/fruits. BG-14 was observed to be the best general combiner for yield/vine and most of the other quantitative traits. Among the crosses, Udaipur Local x BG-14 and NBPGR/TCR-727 x Jaunpuri Long showed the highest SCA effects as well as stability in their performance making them suitable for a heterosis breeding programme.


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