Vol. 8 No. 2
A study on character association, genetic variability and yield components of finger millet (Eleusine coracana L.)
Abstract: A study was conducted to assess the genetic variability in base germplasm (1000 accessions) of finger millet for eleven quantitative characters including grain yield per plant. Highly significant differences were observed among all the finger millet genotypes for different characters. Close relationship found etween GCV and PCV for most of the characters. High heritability was expressed by plant height, finger length and days to 50 per cent flowering. Genetic advance as per cent of mean was observed maximum for finger length, number of productive tillers per plant, grain yield per plant, ear weight per plant and plant height. Character association studies revealed that, grain yield per plant had highly positive and significant association with plant height, days to 50 per cent flowering, days to maturity and ear weight per plant. Path analysis revealed that number of productive tillers per plant, days to maturity and ear weight per plant had direct positive effect on grain yield.
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