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Harnessing Genetic Variation Among Experimental Cashew Hybrids  

Sethi K.1 , Tripathy S.K.2 , Lenka P.C.1
1. Department of Fruit Science and Horticulture Technology, College of Agriculture, OUAT, Bhubaneswar, India
2. Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, College of Agriculture, OUAT, Bhubaneswar, India
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International Journal of Horticulture, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 21   doi: 10.5376/ijh.2016.06.0021
Received: 07 Aug., 2016    Accepted: 10 Sep., 2016    Published: 10 Oct., 2016
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Sethi K., Tripathy S.K., and Lenka P.C., 2016, Harnessing Genetic Variation Among Experimental Cashew Hybrids,International Journal of Horticulture, 6(21):1-8 (doi: 10.5376/ijh.2016.06.0021)


A set of 71 cashew test genotypes comprising 60 experimental hybrids, eight parents (BP 1, BP 2, Kalyanpur bold nut, VTH 711/4, Kankadi, M 44/3, Vittol 44/3 and BPP 30/1) and three standard checks (BH 6, BPP 8 and BH 85) was assessed for status of genetic variation of morpho-economic traits. Number of perfect flowers revealed maximum variability (CV=50.83%) followed by sex ratio, apple weight and nuts/panicle. BH 6 came to flower early with synchronous flowering, while F 28 and F 38 bore more than 200 perfect flowers/m2.  B 27 and D 19 had more than 20 flowering laterals/m2 with longer and broader panicles. All the top yielders (D 19, H 6, B 27, A 71 and G 8) were the hybrids among which D 19 recorded highest productivity (4.34g/plant and 2.71ton/ha) with large nut size and G 8 recorded the highest number of nuts/panicle (8.02). C 30 recorded highest TSS (Brix value 17.45) with appealing yellow apple. Few genotypes showed increased (>70cm) trunk girth(C-41, E-3, E-16 and VTH-711/4) and compact canopy (BH 85 and M 44/3) and more canopy spread(>5m) in North-South direction (A 71). Above elite test genotypes with specific morpho-economic features may be utilized as donors in future breeding programme. Besides, promising hybrids (D19, H 6 and B27) with high nut yield may be considered for large scale multiplication and follow-up commercial cultivation.

Genetic variation; Morpho-economic traits; Cashew hybrids
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