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Comparison of single seed descent, selective intermating and mass selection for seed size in greengram (Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek)


Three selection methods (single seed descent (SSD), mass selection and selective intermating) were applied simultaneously to a highly heterogeneous and broadly based population of greengram. Progeny developing after two cycles of selection were evaluated for yield and seven other economic characters. The relative efficacy of each selection method was judged on the basis of the number of high yielding progeny, mean yield of top 10% progeny, and mean of the highest yielding progeny. Selection after two cycles of selective intermating was found to be the best method for generating productive progeny although mass selection favouring smaller seeds was an equally efficient method. Both of these were found superior to SSD selection.

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Dahiya, B.N., Singh, V.P. Comparison of single seed descent, selective intermating and mass selection for seed size in greengram (Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek). Theoret. Appl. Genetics 72, 678–681 (1986).

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Key words

  • Greengram
  • Vigna radiata
  • SSD
  • Mass selection
  • Intermating